Systemic Denial, Civil Rights, and the New Hate Crime By Tommy Edwards
America the Beautiful. The American culture is infatuated with the red white and blue shield of the NFL which causes red-blooded Americans to position themselves in front of the boob tube from August through February. Footballs serves as the grand illusion, distraction, Caesars Circus Maximus, a contrived spectacle created to distract the populace. It is a state-sanctioned violence for the specific purpose of quenching the bloodlust of the masses, subjugating the focus of frustration, condemnation, mobilization, or action toward the bourgeois by the proletariat!
For 2000 years the Sabbath belonged to the church. Starting about 1958, there was a shift in focus of worship based in idolatry, violence, greed, validating the absolute worst of human behavior and normalizing it branding it the toddler’s children teens and adults alike! Americans are addicted to violence, vicarious Expression of bloodlust in a way to satisfy the newly discovered emotion anthropologists call linget! Something that was first recognized by studying headhunters in the way that they stalked, hunted, and consumed their enemy’s flesh—natives or outsiders. These acts calmed a collective tribal unrest that builds overtime within an isolated groups of humans!
Huge populations of western civilization mimic linget by living vicariously in one way or another. Most of it is done through forms of spectator entertainment: viewing the visual and performing arts, listening to music, watching television or movies, attending sporting events, playing Virtual reality games, logging in to social media, and even pornography. It is all about avoiding the risk of experiencing it firsthand! This conditions us to be spectators rather than doers and creators. This results in our training to be compliant rather than trailblaze.
For millions, Sundays no longer belongs to the Lord. It belongs to the NFL and the totemic marketing platforms that represent 32 sports entertainment properties. These are owned by individuals who don’t care about the well-being of your children, their players, and our nation (no matter how they wrap themselves in patriotism co-branding with the military and veterans organizations). Owners cast doubt as to the legitimacy of connection between TBIs and CTE with brain injuries that many of our service members and veterans suffer alongside those who played contact sports and survived childhood or domestic abuse, or all three.
In the same way Constantine co-opted pagan traditions into the narrative of the life death and resurrection of Christ at the Council of Nicaea, so goes the NFL. The National Football League’s person, logos, and mythology were all created in the fervor of postwar nationalism and national pride that took the concept of God-country-family and added Team, making it God-Country-Team-Family. With a Consolidated sense of national pride, via football, comes additional Sunday competition — the biennial (summer or Winter) Olympics, is all about physical dominance through goodwill of athletic competition and the setting aside of philosophical differences!
Yep Sundays became co-opted by the NFL to include the house of warship and stand as a cultural vehicle to condition the American public into blindly supporting colonialism under the ruse of the Cold War, blank check budgets to preempt nondescript non-defined vague constructs of threats, and philosophical wars against drugs and terrorism. These actions are mostly self-generated through to fund and perpetuate clandestine actions of Geo political control, population suppression, and control. From operation Northwoods to Iran Contra, the information is there but most Americans are too busy watching others play games on television!
In the Bible belt, Sundays belong to the NFL – co-branded and braided together as if playing football as a youth, as long as one had the opportunity, was indeed the God-given patriotic duty of each able-bodied young man. Not to play football would have everyone questioning one manhood, masculinity, and heterosexuality. Not to participate would often get one labeled sissy, clear, faggot, pansy! Upon quitting after the first day of fall contact football practice when I was 11 years old, my dad told me that I could quit one thing one time and that if this was my choice so be it However, next year I would do something – either “be a man” and play football or “be a fag” and join the band.
Being a supporter of professional college and local high school sports, especially football, was also considered one’s Christian and patriotic duty! To not participate could cause you to be associated with the fore-mentioned list of homophobic labels along with being a communist!
I was born into a football family. My father played football as well as anyone who ever played the sport. He was a Buffalo Bills pick out of college, and before training camp, got to play football with both Terry Bradshaw and Jim Plunkett in the north south all-star game after his senior year at Virginia tech the two being the quarterbacks for the Steelers and raiders respectively.
His career was cut short by a family tragedy and he had to make a hard choices as often happens in life. I was born into the grief of those choices and tragedies, and they loomed like a dark cloud over my life. As a child I was unaware, but the interpersonal stresses between my mother and father were quite intense.
While arguments and yelling were normal, my mom‘s paternal grandmother buffered me from much of that until she died of cancer about the same time my parents split up. As a result, I emotionally shut down in first grade. The school interpreted that as me being a slow learner and shifted me into remedial classes for years. I believed it until testing as a third or fourth grader revealed that I had an extraordinarily high IQ and dyslexia.
- Intro: All-American Touchdown Tommy Edwards Serializes His Story.
- Part 1: Tommy Edwards: All American Exile — Societal and family pressure
- Part 2: Tommy Edwards: A Child Becomes a Legacy — A football legend is born
- Part 3: Tommy Edwards: Manipulation Conspiracy — Grooming Genetics
- Part 4: Tommy Edwards: The Downward Spiral — Brain damage and CTE Symptoms
- Part 5: Tommy Edwards: Welcome to Hell — Science-CTE deniers/Football Traditionalist
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