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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins visited the White House on Tuesday, a move that seemed to many like a deliberate slap in the face of the black athletes whom the president had been attacking on Twitter and in public appearances for the past several weeks.
The assembled Penguins players were all white; the lone nonwhite player on the championship squad, a black Canadian named Trevor Daley, could not attend due to scheduling conflicts. And then at the very end of the event, Trump said something that sounds like boilerplate -- but, in context, was kind of absurd.

"You are true, true champions -- and incredible patriots," Trump said.

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The line was a not-so-subtle swipe at NFL players like former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence, as well as the 2017 NBA champion Golden State Warriors, who had refused to attend their White House visit in protest. But describing the Penguins as "incredible patriots" really gives away the game here: Most of the Pittsburgh Penguins squad aren't American patriots, because they aren't American at all.

Ten of the 23 players on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster during the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals were American. The majority hailed from elsewhere, specifically Canada and a grab bag of cold European countries (Russia, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and Finland). The fact that they play for an American NHL team does not magically turn them into American patriots; typically, they play for their home country during the Olympics.

Calling an all-white assembly of mostly foreign hockey players patriots, in clear contrast to the group of African-American athletes that the president has blasted, suggests the real issue here isn't love for America. It's how well the athletes fit in to Trump's vision of America -- one in which black athletes shut up about racism and perform the sort of patriotic spectacle that Trump likes.

Trump's approach to politics is often labeled nationalism. That's right, to a degree, but imprecise. Trump's actual view appears much closer to ethnonationalism; certain groups of people qualify as "true" Americans, while others who don't fit the mold aren't entitled to the same rights and level of concern.

Ultimately, some people matter more than others -- which is how white foreigners are "incredible patriots" while black Americans asking to be treated equally get labeled "sons of bitches."

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This: Trump's approach to politics is often labeled nationalism. That's right, to a degree, but imprecise. Trump's actual view appears much closer to ethnonationalism; certain groups of people qualify as "true" Americans, while others who don't fit the mold aren't entitled to the same rights and level of concern.

Ultimately, some people matter more than others -- which is how white foreigners are "incredible patriots" while black Americans asking to be treated equally get labeled "sons of bitches."

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 09:38 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

How many blacks are there in the NHL? 2?

#2 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-11 11:49 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#2 Why should only blacks be concerned about the police murdering innocent people?

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-11 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Something like half of NHL players are from Canada. Only 20% are actually from America. Not exactly a cross-section of the American general public. However, 5% of NHL players are African-American. Assuming only half of the African-American NHL players are from the US there is an almost exact proportional representation of the African-American population in the NHL. To be concise, the percentage of African-Americans in the NHL is near directly proportional to the demographics of America.

#4 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-10-11 11:59 AM | Reply

He obviously did not understand that the majority of the players were not American, but he obviously noticed they were all white. Therefore, in his eyes, they must be American Patriots, right?

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 12:08 PM | Reply

#5 - OWS

Probably. He's a POS for sure.

#6 | Posted by gavaster at 2017-10-11 12:13 PM | Reply

I love how you bags get all fired up out of something you made up in order to be outraged.

Keep hockey out of this lame controversy. It's the one sport I watch that doesn't get involved in the showboat mentality, and let's their play on the ice do the talking.
The Canadian outlets are trying hard to get players to react and for the most part the comments to the articles are negative. People want to enjoy a game without the baggage. Sports are an escape.

If people want to remain apolitical let them. What does anyone get by trying to foist their politics onto the apolitical?

#7 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-10-11 12:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#7,
I love how you bags get all fired up out of something you made up in order to be outraged.
Keep hockey out of this lame controversy...Chairborn 101

I will if he will. But he won't, so your beef is with the Dotard, not us.

So when Dotard brings it up, we will respond.

If you dont like the back and forth, don't log into threads which address t. It is on you to find a way to keep your head in the sand, not us bags.

You're welcome. (Go Hawks!)

#8 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 12:31 PM | Reply

Of course you're the idiot to respond...
The same idiot that thinks he said American patriots, and thinks he believes because they're white they must be Americans.

Seriously, you're an easily riled simpleton. If you need to make crap up in order to get your fake outrage on, don't be surprised when it gets pointed out, simp.

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-10-11 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This thread is retarded, even by your low standards OWS.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2017-10-11 12:49 PM | Reply

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I aint beggin the world to protect me, Bag, you are. Nobody makes you log on and go all hostile on the rest of us. Control your weaknesses and hot flashes your self. It ain our job to protect your dim ass.

#11 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 12:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

You're begging me not to point out your stupidity.

#12 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-10-11 12:52 PM | Reply

Dont get all riled up, little snowflake. You dont want to get our bowels in an uproar just to try to insult a simp like me.

There is a nice thread on dogs you can go to to keep your apolitical chi safe.

Think of it as your safe place.

#13 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 01:00 PM | Reply

#2 Why should only blacks be concerned about the police murdering innocent people?

#3 | Posted by 726

WTF are you making up now? WTF does that have to do with only 2 or 3 blacks in the NHL? If you would quit string the crap, it won't stink.

#14 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-11 02:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

He obviously did not understand that the majority of the players were not American, but he obviously noticed they were all white. Therefore, in his eyes, they must be American Patriots, right?

#5 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour

So. only Americans can be patriotic?

#15 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-11 02:08 PM | Reply

You're begging me not to point out your stupidity.

#12 | Posted by 101Chairborne

His is hard to ignore. He brings it up just about every time he posts.

#16 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-11 02:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

He has no idea about whether the puckers are fair patriots, poor patriots, good patriots, better than good patriots, or "incredible patriots" does he?

There is no reason to bring up their "incredible " patriotism except to infer that they are more patriotic than NFL players, with whom he is obsessed.

What, you havnt noticed that he is obsessed with the NFL protests?

Really?

He has not tweeted about the disastrous wildfires on the West Coast which have claimed 17 lives and thousands of acres of land, homes etc. He has not tweeted about Puerto Rico, where 45 American citizens have perished, for days. He spent a quarter million $$ to send the VP (a paid protester) to protest a protest, but he has tweeted about the NFL protesters 10 times in the last 48 hours, and now, out of the blue, in a room with more foreigners than Americans in it, feels compelled to state unequivocally, that all of the assembled puckheads are all "incredible patriots".

You can pretend he wasn't taking a swipe at the NFL players if it helps you sleep, but the rest of us don't have to. He knows nothing about the Hockey Boys except that they are white guys. Therefore, they are incredible patriots.

#17 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 02:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another weak effort.
You seem to leave a lot of important letters out of your posts. It's probably your limp wrists, but at the very least you should get your grandkids to buy you a new one.
Maybe all the spittle you worked up over "American patriots" disabled a few keys?

#18 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-10-11 02:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Oh, burn. Is that the best you can do?

#19 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 03:00 PM | Reply

It's you I'm dealing with, so I don't need to do better.
Look no further than how badly "simp" and "bag" got your goat.

#20 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-10-11 04:00 PM | Reply

OWS,

When kids in the neighborhood kick a ball into your yard do you take it?

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-11 04:10 PM | Reply

When kids in the neighborhood kick a ball into your yard do you take it?

Posted by JeffJ at 2017-10-11 04:10 PM | Reply

If they have been warned not to 3 times the 4th time it's MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#22 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-11 04:20 PM | Reply

no, the hysterical old bag calls the cops, her hair dresser, the local news station, and probably poison control because she's prone to the vapors.

#23 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2017-10-11 04:22 PM | Reply

Creative Ragging 101 flunk out much Chair?

You got nothing.

#24 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-11 05:27 PM | Reply

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