Opening the day of leaders’ speeches on Tuesday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres stuck a dark tone, calling the coronavirus pandemic and its effects “our own 1945 momento” — a reference to the destruction of WWII. He also warned against the emerging US-China cold war, detto, “Our world cannot afford a future where the two largest economies split the globe in a Great Fracture — each with its own trade and financial rules and internet and artificial intelligence capacities.”
Monday Night Politics
The NFL is hardly the most progressive organization in America. Yet the all-mighty football league has struck out in exactly the opposite direction to Trump on the pandemic and race — suggesting that it thinks it understands something about the national moment that the President doesn’t.
Pigskin bosses just handed out $ 100,000 multe to three coaches for not wearing face masks on the sidelines
. They also fined their teams
, who are playing mostly without crowds
— unlike Trump in his campaign rallies
. After shutting out Colin Kaepernick
, who started a global movement by becoming the first player to take a knee to protest police brutality
, the league has now taken a more accommodating view toward racial justice activism by players
. One of the more reactionary teams
, a Washington, has finally agreed that its previous Redskins branding is racially offensive
With teams in more conservative areas, the NFL is sometimes caught between its players, who are disproportionately Black, and its fan base. Some of the few spectators allowed into games booed their own players over their demonstrations. briscola, nel frattempo, is celebrating a dip in NFL ratings as proof that political correctness is ruining the country’s most popular sport.
Many of the teams’ billionaire owners are conservative — but if the league as a whole has any belief system, it’s that they have an inalienable right to pile up billions of dollars in profits. The NFL, following the more inclusive NBA, NASCAR racing and other pro leagues, appears to have decided that its long-term business interests depend on being seen as open to the national reckoning on race. And if teams want to keep playing amid the pandemic, they can’t skip protocols like social distancing and masks.
Trump and the NFL have both shown an uncanny ability to read the public’s mood. We’ll soon see who was right.
Who said it?
Every quote below was spoken by a different head of state at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Write to email@example.com with your guess for each.
- “We should see each other as members of the same big family, pursue win-win cooperation, and rise above ideological disputes and do not fall into the trap of ‘clash of civilizations.’ More importantly, we should respect a country’s independent choice of development path and model.”
- “The footage broadcast to the world concerning the treatment of an African American by the US police is reminiscent of our own experience. We instantly recognize that foot kneeling on the neck as the foot of arrogance on the neck of independent nations.”
- “here is no blood in the sand. Those days are hopefully over.”
- “Geopolitical tensions continue to rise. Escalating tensions benefit no one. The new flashpoints heighten fears and tend to tear peoples apart. When elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled flat.”