Boycotts have proven to be effective in getting the results certain groups … political and social … want to obtain. The boycott targeting Great Britain in 1769 in opposition of “taxation without representation,” resulted … ultimately … in our American Independence. This is an example of the good side of boycotts … from my point of view.) There were those in out-raged opposition. But … once resolved, life went on and Great Britain is now one, if not our closest … ally.
There are ongoing boycotts against certain corporations. Target, is an example, by the American Life Association, because of Target’s stance on Mixed sex bathrooms and changing areas.
The end-results of the boycotts will appease some and anger others. Either way … boycotts can ignite awareness, can preserve social culture … and can change social culture.
I am not a fan of what I call “total boycotts.” What I mean by this is that I am not a fan of boycotting total entities for the indiscretions (in my view) of a few, within an organization. (To be clear … I do despise “hate groups” and I will, without hesitation, participate in boycotting these groups … in their entirety.”) And, I will call out anyone who does not respect our flag.
The NFL boycott is my example of an entity that I will not completely boycott. And, this … brings me to … the ugly side of boycotts. And, I will provide an example.
Boycotts can bring out the worst in people. I have watched people evolve from a commitment to boycott a team, all teams, etc. … to a “let’s get ‘em” mentality in overdrive.
In the case of Jerry Jones, who listened to the demands of his fans and public, he is still being attacked by some of the same boycotters … although, he has made it clear his team will stand and respect the flag. But, now, that is not enough. It’s “too little, too late.” “It’s about money.” (It’s always about money.) The boycott was successful …demands met … but still not enough. Is this a boycott to preserve or make change … or to destroy? Has it become a “blood sport?”
There is the “hypocritical” side of Boycotts. People are proudly proclaiming they have turned off the football channels … having never watched football, in the first place. That is not “boycotting.” These people are not counted in rating or sales, anyway.
There are people in social media who will demand that everyone connected with them participate in the NFL boycott (the organization, the teams, all individuals … even those who have shown no disrespect) or they will chastise and demean the culprits, and call them names. That is intimidation. This is another ugly side of boycotts. My example:
A realtor … let’s call him “Mike” … responded to a timeline post I made regarding the husband who lost his wife of 32 years in the Las Vegas shooting. It was a tribute to him and others. “Mike” chose this post to make a derogatory comment about the NFL which had nothing to do with the timeline. I deleted it and responded to “Mike” to let him know why I took it down. The next response was his “Disappointment” in me. He had seen my “Gooooo Panther” … comments in Facebook, called me derogatory names and accused me of “caving.” His comment was that 98% is not good enough … you must be all in … or … out.
To be clear … I have written blogs on the NFL and a response to Green Bay’s call for its fans to ‘link arms” … in which I expressed my disdain for the actions. I have called the NFL, I have left tweets for the players who disrespect the flag. And … I praise the players who have always stood and respected our Flag and Anthem. I have never said I was completely boycotting the teams. I will speak out against all who do not respect our flag.
The irony in this situation is that this realtor (broker?) is associated with one of the largest Real Estate companies in North Carolina … who has had a relationship with the Carolina Panthers for the last 11 years (according to K.M., their P.R. spokeswoman) and, have sponsored many of the Panthers events. Most recently the “Prowl the Den Contest.”
The obvious question for “Mike” would be, if you so strongly hate the NFL and will go on other people’s profiles in social media to chastise and berate them … why are you still associated with a company who has an 11-year relationship with the Carolina Panthers, and … who shows (in my opinion) no signs of stopping? I guess it’s just easier to intimidate people into doing what you think they should do. (And, of course … it’s about the money.)
As I said earlier, boycotts can be a very good thing. Boycotts can preserve culture and stop the decay of that culture. Boycotts are a part of our American fiber. I admire those who are committed to righting the wrongs they perceive. And, usually … I agree with the purpose of the boycott. And, I often get involved.
It’s the “blood-letting vendettas,” the hypocrisy, and the forceful intimidation of some that for me, at least … show the ugly side of boycotts. I have no illusions that this will ever change.
I will leave you this to ponder. I believe the players who choose to kneel and disrespect our flag, Anthem, country and soldiers should not be allowed to play … at all. This is my personal belief.
I also believe that we are at a very dangerous point in our American society when people feel they must not comment or celebrate in social media, must lower their window shades, and turn the volume down, or lie about their current activity … because … God Forbid … they are watching a T.V. program of their choosing.
Now that … is ugly.
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Debbie Barth: 10/13/2017 at 5:01pm EST
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