Chris Long: “This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong.”

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Chris Long has heard the suggestions, after he tweeted out his criticisms of the weekend’s protests in Virginia and of President Donald Trump.

But he’s not sticking to sports.

The Eagles defensive end and longtime resident of Charlottesville, Va., decried what was happening there, and the leaders whom he believes aren’t doing enough to stop it.

“Some people are tired of hearing me tweet because they want me to stick to football but I like to use social media like I was a regular guy because I think I am,” Long said, via Dave Zangaro of CSNPhilly.com. “I don’t tell people to stick to their job when they want to talk politics. And this isn’t political. That’s the thing. Everybody is trying to turn this political. This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong.

“I believe you’re on one side or the other. For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything. And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”

Long was referring to Trump’s statement condemning “violence on many sides” after white nationalist protests turned angry (or angrier than they began), and an anti-racism protester was killed when a man drove his car into a crowd.

The issue was personal for Long because he grew up in Charlottesville, going to high school there before his career at the University of Virginia. So it pained him to see the problems in the streets he knew, and the divisions that led to them.

Long said one of the things he appreciates most about football is that the locker room environment forces people of different backgrounds together, creating a microcosm of society that allows its participants to see and meet and get to know people who aren’t like them.

“I wish everybody would have a chance to be on a team,” Long said. “I really do believe, it might be cliché, but we come from a lot of different walks of life and backgrounds and I’ve played with a lot of guys I probably would have never met in other walks of life. We sit here in a bubble in a really positive way. I wish the rest of the world could be on a team. I know that sounds kind of cliché but we get to really be exposed to each other’s different cultures, different ways of life and the way we look at different things. And I think that’s the really cool thing about being on a team.”

But as long as societal issues are treated like sports — when one team feels compelled to obliterate the other — the unfortunate truth is that Long’s going to have much more to talk and tweet about.

125 responses to “Chris Long: “This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong.”

  1. “And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”

    Keep wishing. It’s not going to happen with the Twitter Prez, our Liar in Chief.

  2. Well, Chris Long is right. Trump’s statement was a joke, trying to lay the blame on both sides. It was a white nationalist that plowed his car into a crowd, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring more than a dozen. But of course Trump is cowardly afraid to offend his alt-right base, so he tried to be as vague as possible.

  3. Did you notice Chris kept his political opinions to himself when he was with the Patriots !

  4. I agree with you Chris. Now how about speaking up for Colin kaepernick. Wherever there are wrongs they must be righted with the help of people speaking out regardless of what there job is.

  5. Hey Chrissy, just curious to know what you tweeted about BLM when they were calling for dead cops.

  6. “This isn’t a political issue. This is right or wrong.”

    Right.
    “I believe you’re on one side or the other. For me, being from Charlottesville, no one wants to see you sit idly by and watch that stuff happen and not say anything. And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”

    Wrong.

  7. I don’t agree with racist radical lists but these items being taken down are are history these are historical reminders it happened peiod. So in the same breath we should remove black history month from our calendar black people aren’t suppressed there treated like everyone else and I tired of having it shoved down my throat some with affirmative-action those days need to be over

  8. Hey Chris how can anyone take the left seriously when you deny violence from all sides. In your state you had a leftist attack Sen. Scalise. How about the riots in California that leftists attacked Trump supporters. You are a fool to ignore them.

  9. I think military service does exactly what Chris is talking about, maybe we should bring back the draft, I was 19 when I served in Vietnam War, and grew up and appreciated those I served with like family!

  10. Good for him! Finally a reason to like something about the Pats!
    Seriously, what is going on here if condemning nazis is controversial?
    If this is the case how doomed is America?

  11. Chris is absolutely correct. It is also a battle against pure evil.

    The hate mongering skinheads are brandishing Nazi symbols on our soil. The same symbols that represented the horror our fathers and grandfathers fought valiantly to defeat. Those Charlottesville protesters are spitting on our ancestors graves while exercising the freedom those same ancestors fought to protect.

  12. Idk what people expect.. whenever something catastrophic happens, the president comes out and makes a generic “this kind of stuff must stop” statement, but it doesn’t do any good. Rallies, protests, counter-protests just seem to divide the country even more. At some point the “peaceful” is taken out of protests by select nutjobs from either “side”, giving everyone a bad name. It’s a shame, really.

  13. I never got why a person’s job supposedly limited them to only speaking out about that topic. The world would suck if people only talked about their field of employment.

  14. Zero mention of how the “counter protestor” antifa were throwing urine, bricks, feces, and spraying bear mace into the faces of the protesters as well as police. Also let’s fail to mention that the driver was charged with second degree murder because it was NOT premeditated. This way we can push our narrative!!

  15. Many now wish someone would have told Donald Trump to stick to reality TV. Actually, a lot of people listen to our rock stars more than we do our politicians. Hey, didn’t I just hear Kid Rock was going to run for office? Wasn’t Hillary Clinton the wife of a former president? It’s just become a popularity contest and we pretty much have no idea about what’s going on in Washington. We like to point the finger at others, but we’re the voters. A guy like Chris Long is speaking from his heart. He’s not fearing any man.

  16. Five Dallas police officers were killed in Dallas last year during a Black Lives Matter anti-cop rally. I don’t remember the media pushing to blame Obama for that, despite his very public endorsement of that organization.

  17. The president was correct. Long is incorrect. When you have counter protesters showing up dressed in body armor they are looking for trouble. Take away what each side was protesting and look at it objectively. There were fights everywhere according to reports. We have seen the anifa’s and other leftists looting and causing mayhem for 6-9 months now. So I do believe that the president saying many sides was right on point. This is not an isolated incident if you look at it objectively.

  18. Well said, Mr. Long. Sadly, too many people can’t grasp this; they either feel they must march in lock-step with “their” party, whichever party that may be, or they get harassed and harangued until they do.

  19. Radical White Americans. Start referring to them as terrorists and treating them as such. There is no place is civilized society for such hate.

  20. I thought we were already on a team- team USA.

    Whether you agree with the white nationalists or not, they have the legal right to parade around in their bedsheets and/or leathers. Our Constitution affords them that right. The simplest solution to protesters with differing opinions to mine is to ignore them. What if they had a parade and no one showed, including the cameras? Their rants would be over in an afternoon and they would quietly disappear, their rights intact.

  21. I dont believe in nazis or white supremacy groups. but i do believe they have the same right as kapernick protesting. long should worry about football more, and maybe he would be a 10000 of what his dad was. Blacks can have black entertainment tv but have white mans tv and they would protest. There isn’t a slave alive anymore so they don’t deserve anything that any1 else does.

  22. Well said Mr Long. Thanks you ! your quickly rising up to be one of my favorite eagles. it will be tough to catch Fletch but you just might have a shot. :). I thought America would be much further along then we are now. thank you again.

  23. Can we please stop blaming Trump for everything? I have never been part of a society so bent on blaming one guy for all their problems. He speaks out and then that Trump haters say “Well, given our unattainable bar for him ever doing anything right, he uh, he didn’t say it explicit enough”.

    Please Chris, what would “enough” be? What exactly would “stronger” words have done? What did you do regarding this situation to do more instead of passively calling out someone else to do more?

    White supremacy is disgusting. So is racism. So is the KKK. But simply having our President use stronger words or be more explicit would not have made all those people look at one another and say “Wow, we got this ideology wrong. President said so”. These people have the right to gather and speak, and we have the right to call them out, condemn, and not support them. Violence is terrible, but stop blaming Trump for everything. He’s one man. Be a man and stand up for injustice yourself, and that doesn’t include sitting on NFL benches or tweeting.

  24. Can’t wait to read the average PFT commenter’s reasoned, reality-grounded argument against this.

  25. So which side is right and which is wrong? The side that attacked the other to shut down their free speech or the side that is spewing hatred?

    A pox on both Antifa and the Klan and Nazis.

  26. He’s right. If you support fascism you are in the wrong period. Maybe people have somehow forgotten that we fought the Nazis for just this type of thing and now people are approving of it happening in our country? Disgusting

  27. Ok Chris, you want to be a team? Call out Obama for saying nothing about the Black Panthers (who endorsed Obama) after one of their members assasinated 5 Dallas Cops. Call out Antifa (who also caused violence) for causing violence in: Berkeley, San Jose, Chicago, DC, etc. Selective outrage also means selective acceptance. Yes Trumps comments might have been a little weak, but there is a reason he said many sides, because there are many violent groups that turn protests into riots, KKK, Antifa, NBP, etc. He’s not excusing his side which is a welcome change from Obama.

  28. He’s obviously right about working together. I spent my life working in hospitals and you get to talk with everyone from income level A to Z as well as patients, families, etc. Your perspective and bias on a lot of things change in a hurry.

  29. “I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country”

    you mean like how Obama called Ft Hood “workplace violence” and wouldn’t say “terrorist act” even when pressured to?

    If you are going to be “straight up” with people, Chris, make sure you hold ALL sides to the same fire.

  30. Not like this comment will see the light of day, but my position on this is that people have the wrong idea about how long things are going to take. We live in a world of “instant”. Of “now”. You want McDonalds, you can go on the McDonalds App, order, and park in the mobile app spot, and the food is waiting for you when you arrive. Every thing happens instantly. Sorry to burst your bubble, but racial equality isn’t very old in this country. It is going to take several generations to slowly erode racism. Contrary to popular belief, “most” white people are not racist. Their comments and actions are often perceived as racist. But your perception doesn’t make it so. This idea that you are going to protest, or kneel for the anthem, or sit for the anthem, or do anything at all to “end” injustice is going to actually work, like there is an off switch to racism is crazy. It is a slow process that is going to take generations. And it also doesn’t help when white people who aren’t racist, get beat over the head with cries of racism at every turn. Its exhausting. I look at it this way, we practice innocent until proven guilty in America. So apply that to racism. Assume people aren’t racist, until they prove them selves guilty of being racist. Give that a try. Racism is ugly, and people damn sure don’t like being accused of it when they aren’t. So your frustration that racism isn’t going away, sorry, but it isn’t instant. So can we please stop pretending that life is worse now than it was 50 years ago?

  31. It’s pretty obvious who is to blame when one side files all the proper permits for an assembly and the other side doesn’t. Everything would have been perfectly peaceful if the Antifas hadn’t shown up uninvited and ready to fight. People have the right to defend themselves (but no one has the right to use a car as a weapon).

  32. Wish more celebrities would risk their endorsement deals by articulating where they believe the divide between right and wrong lay.

    There used to be role models to show how someone acted with class and dignity in society.

  33. Couldn’t agree with Long anymore than I already do.

    If you’re trying to make not condemning neo nazis a political issue than you’re soundly mistaken. You can’t claim to be a proud American and condone this.

  34. Small difference.
    Guys from different backgrounds placed in a bubble, plus extenuating circumstances…

    Bubble plus $275,000 a year minimum equals guys getting along.

    Bubble plus no incentive equals guys hating each other.

    Everyone’s microcosm is different, big guy.

  35. Anti-fa blackmasked terrorists egged on a lunatic fringe that has been around pre-Trump. Agenda liberals move to exploit for political purposes and to distract from other “peace” lover problems currently troubling the planet.

  36. tell me, what is wrong with condemning ‘violence on many sides’?

    I guess that’s just as offensive as saying ‘all lives matter.’

    People need to check their feelings at the door when people are dying. Loss of life is terrible and over-analyzing the President’s words with the sole purpose to find more fault in what he does is stupid.

    You can say it’s not a political issue all you want Chris, but when you drag that into it, you’re doing exactly that.

  37. It is a shame that this even needs to be said. Still, I’m glad he is not shy about saying it. One citizen, one vote, that’s America, and he has the same right to voice his opinions as everyone else. And he is right, this isn’t political, this should be easy, we should all have no problem denouncing this kind of BS with clear hearts and full throats

  38. Thank you, Chris Long. It’s not about politicis–it’s about being decent human beings and good Americans. Those nazis in Charlottesville fail on all counts.

  39. The only problem is he is making a political well saying it’s not political. There is certainly no disagreement that racism and white supremacy are wrong. The problem is that people are blaming the president of the United States and claiming that he courts racists and doesn’t condemn bigotry. He doesn’t do the former, and clearly condemned violence and bigotry where it exists—which IS on all sides. A

  40. If the question is, “What worse? A bunch of white supremacists showing the depth of their collective ignorance or a bunch of paid protestors?” then the answer is simple. But don’t confuse the issue by labeling one group as being more noble.

  41. I don’t know what’s up with the commentators claiming this is a free speech issue. Nobody’s claiming that white supremacists don’t have the same rights to free speech as anybody else. But free speech doesn’t mean *consequence* free speech, and if somebody wants to rant and rave about white supremacy, then he should be prepared to be denigrated as a mouth-breathing piece of pond scum.

    Oh, and when one of these room-temperature IQs decides to drive his car into a crowd and kill and injure people, that’s not free speech.

    I prefer that celebrities just do their jobs, but Long is correct that he has just as much right to talk about current events as anybody else does.

  42. I thought we were already on a team- team USA.

    Whether you agree with the white nationalists or not, they have the legal right to parade around in their bedsheets and/or leathers. Our Constitution affords them that right. The simplest solution to protesters with differing opinions to mine is to ignore them. What if they had a parade and no one showed, including the cameras? Their rants would be over in an afternoon and they would quietly disappear, their rights intact.

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    And the other side has the right to counter-protest. But NO ONE has the right to murder people on the other side. TERRORISM is not a right. Sad that has to be said.

  43. Since some people don’t know how to use google….

    President Obama on the Dallas PD shootings:

    “We still don’t know all the facts. What we do know is that there has been a vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law enforcement. Police in Dallas were on duty, doing their jobs, keeping people safe during peaceful protests. These law enforcement officers were targeted, and nearly a dozen officers were shot. Five were killed. Other officers and at least one civilian were wounded — some are in serious condition, and we are praying for their recovery.

    As I told Mayor Rawlings, I believe that I speak for every single American when I say that we are horrified over these events, and that we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas. According to police, there are multiple suspects. We will learn more, undoubtedly, about their twisted motivations. But let’s be clear: There is no possible justification for these kinds of attacks or any violence against law enforcement. The FBI is already in touch with the Dallas police, and anyone involved in these senseless murders will be held fully accountable. Justice will be done.”

  44. So the guy purporting American values wants the President to shut down the speech of citizens. The irony isn’t lost on me.

    Haters on both sides go at it. One side described as White Nationalist and the other as anti-racism. That’s laughable because it is so absurd. Anti-racism would mean that the Antifa mob believed in equal rights for all. They most certainly do not. They seek power for themselves and servitude for us.

  45. When I see people carrying swastika flags… I’m out. That has no place in America or anywhere else. Sorry.

  46. Surprisingly (or maybe not) a lot of positive notions in the comments section. Calling Chris a leader and a good guy. I believe all of those things too. Wonder though, how many of you would still feel the same way if Chris Long was black?

  47. There is no such thing as an anti-cop rally. You guys have made up terms in your head to justify racist opinions. BLM has never called for the killing of cops, and any well read person who actually does their research on the organization would know that. People call for equality in this country and their complaints are suppressed. Why is it so hard to understand that everyone doesn’t have the same privileges in America?

  48. I will buy into what Long is saying when everyone agrees that racism exists from all corners of the spectrum. There are white racists, black racists, red racists, yellow racists, brown racists, and every other color, too.
    And Long is totally wrong about politics and the work place. The work place is not the place to discuss politics, and it most certainly is politics. His “right and wrong” concept doesn’t work. It’s absolutely about politics between liberals and conservatives.
    Here’s what I know. Donald Trump was elected by the American people when no one thought he would even get the Republican nomination. Everyone needs to stop and ask yourselves why? The answer is that Americans want the country to go in a different direction. Trump’s message was that America needs to have its values and our economy restored and we need to stop blaming everyone else for our own misfortunes. I believe he was 100% right about that.
    No one takes accountability for their actions any more. Some nut shows up at a school or mall and starts shooting people and the left starts blaming the gun manufacturers. It’s ridiculous. It’s like blaming Ford or Jack Daniels if some guy gets drunk and drives and ends up running his Ford into another car and kills someone.
    What really annoys me is from the moment Trump was elected, look how the left reacted. We saw protests and heard “he’s not our president” from the liberals. Immediately we heard the word “impeachment” from the left, as well. The left’s goal from the start has been to sabotage his presidency any way they can. I think that is extremely arrogant of them and it’s why millions of Americans are fed up with liberals. Liberals see things only one way. They claim to be “inclusive”, unless you’re a conservative, religious, or happen to disagree with many of their ideals. Then they brand you with names such as “racist” or “right wing zealot”.
    Barrack O’Bama was half black and half white, but all we heard about him was he is black. Millions of blacks voted for him because they wanted a black president. The issues were secondary to that. We know that because so many of them came right out and said it. When he was elected, we didn’t see people on the right do what the left is doing to Trump. I did not vote for O’Bama in either election, but race had nothing to do with it. And from the moment he was elected, I gave him my support, just as I do every other President. Then I sat back and evaluated him on what he did. I liked some things he did and did not like others. But his liberal agenda, just like Hillary’s, is what I disliked most.
    They say Trump opens his mouth too much, and they’re not wrong. But O’Bama did that, too. Go back and listen to him any time a policeman shot a black person. His immediate reaction was to criticize the officer before the facts were even known. And no one said a word. He shouldn’t have said anything until all the facts were known. But he got a complete pass for doing it.
    Anyone who gives any credence to what NFL players have to say about politics is foolish, whether it’s Colin Kaepernick or Chris Long. Long is right about one thing — that he is just a regular guy. And that means all he has is opinions, just like us. But he gets a full page on PFT to express his.
    I voted for Trump and I am not a racist. I am deeply concerned about the direction this country has gone since the 60’s. I have seen a decline in our values and morals. I have seen a lack of discipline in our homes and in our schools. I have seen people shift blame from themselves to others and people accept it. We had a president who repeatedly lied about having an affair in the Oval office with a young woman half his age who was delusional to the point of thinking he loved her. He portrayed himself as the victim and people bought it and blamed her. He never did fully admit that he had lied, saying he was “less than truthful”. No — you flat out lied!! And yet he’s still revered as some kind of beacon for what is “right or wrong”. That’s astonishing, to me. I can only imagine what the reaction would be if Donald Trump does something similar to that.
    This nation was founded to protect individual rights. That was a revolutionary concept and it’s what separates us from most other nations. However, there is a very fine line in protecting individual rights and destroying the very foundation of this nation. We are walking that line all the time and we must be aware that if we cross it, the result could be catastrophic. I equate it to a herd of animals. When there is an injured animal in the herd, the herd will try to help the animal until it jeopardizes the well being of the herd. It’s at that point when the herd moves on and tells the wounded animal he is on his own. The point is, we cannot allow small groups with an agenda to take the focus away from the big picture in this country. Especially when they are wrong in what they are doing or saying.

  49. all these hate groups..the white supremists, the BLM, the antifa are just useful idiots to the real power brokers like george soros who are trying to instigate these things to happen….they are all being played

  50. Sure is curious that when a progressive loads up his AR. 15 and drives to DC to kill republican congressmen it’s a single crazy guy. This happens and it’s part of a group mentality. 10-1 says this story lasts longer in the media than the previous one did because narrative.

  51. Why would Trump criticize his base of white supremacists in Charlottesville? That’s his base and he’s not going to criticize the base of people that put him in the White House. Trump refused to disavow David Duke and won’t call out the hate crimes in the wake of his election. Trump is likely a racist himself since he ran with that racist birther trash against Obama for years

  52. The City of Charlottesville gets a “F” for this weekends rioting. The Mayor, City Council and the folks who issued permits to the two fractions should be FIRED. Who in their riight mind alows two fractions who hate each other to protestr within sight of each other. Its like pouring gas on a fire. Allowing protesters to carry flags and signs attached to any pole or wooden stick or any other object that can be used as a weapon is just looking for trouble. ALlowing any protester to wear any type of clothing , mask or other object for protection should be banned. If your dressed like this you are preparing/looking for troubleand it will turn a peacefull protest into a RIOT with people gvetting injuured or killed. Any one with half of a brain should be able to figure this out. Did this group not protest pecefully Friday niight. WHAT CHANGED SATURDAY.

  53. It’s too simple. No matter how deranged the KKK, BLM and neo-nazis are, to counter protest against any of them is basically inciting violence. A pretty dumb thing to do.

  54. I don’t understand the outrage with this. There was a total of three different extremist groups there- white nationalist, antifa, and BLM; hence, Trump said “all sides”. The violence didn’t start until “all sides” collided.

    Where were the police barricades? It sounds like the police stood down and let this unravel.

  55. Good on Chris Long for saying this. I’ll never understand how the South, often the loudest “U-S-A!!!” chanters, still celebrate the hell out of a failed country that tried to leave the very USA they seem to love so much. Like, you tried secede, AND you lost, not to mention not a soul who fought in that war has been alive for like 100 years. It’s OVER, bro. I’ll never understand those people…

  56. youngnoizecom says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

    There is no such thing as an anti-cop rally. You guys have made up terms in your head to justify racist opinions. BLM has never called for the killing of cops, and any well read person who actually does their research on the organization would know that. People call for equality in this country and their complaints are suppressed. Why is it so hard to understand that everyone doesn’t have the same privileges in America?
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    Obviously you aren’t well read, because BLM has chanted about wanting dead cops. One of the top members referenced it before.

  57. The day you go against someone else’s right of freedom of speech and right to protest peacefully is the same day YOU give up your rights. There WILL be a day when you are against he masses and they’ll want your right to speak up or protest taken away.
    There’s a reason it’s in the constitution and why we are the greatest country in Earth.
    Respect everyone’s rights to agree and disagree.

  58. Please stop people! Being a celebrity or playing in the NFL does not mean you give up your rights to express your opinion. Folks saying I wish Long or Kaepernick would just shut up and do their job. Well, most people posting here have jobs and I don’t see you shutting up and just doing it. It is free speech and if they do it wearing their football uniforms it’s between them and their employer and not us.

  59. youngnoizecom says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:45 am
    There is no such thing as an anti-cop rally. You guys have made up terms in your head to justify racist opinions. BLM has never called for the killing of cops, and any well read person who actually does their research on the organization would know that. People call for equality in this country and their complaints are suppressed. Why is it so hard to understand that everyone doesn’t have the same privileges in America?

    Then please explain this overtly threatening phrase,

    “No justice, no peace”

    What EXACTLY should one expect top happen when someone utters these words? This is an ultimatum that explicitly calls for violence.

    Please explain how the motivations of the man who shot, rather executed her in cold blood, Miosotis Familia is any different than the man who drove into a crowd.

  60. Hurrah for Chris.
    This isn’t about free speech. It’s about Trump not condemning an act of terrorism.
    Trump seems to have a problem saying negative things about white supremacists & Russians. This couldn’t be more un-American.

  61. “No justice, no peace” calls for a plan of action, it’s not used to incite violence, it’s used to grab the attention of those in power, and is no way a slogan used to promote any type of violence. It wouldn’t make sense for BLM to call for the death of police officers because many of the people affiliated with the group have family members in law enforcement. BLM was created to bring attention to the deaths of black people at the hands of police, not start a war. As a country, we fought against Nazi’s, and I know many of you may be able to sympathize with these cowards, but maybe it’s you who is actually betraying your country.

  62. @ nypd1056 says:

    Did this group not protest pecefully Friday niight. WHAT CHANGED SATURDAY.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^On Friday night they did not. On Friday night they marched with lit torches for no other reason to intimidate. You ask “what changed on Saturday”? The people of Charlottesville didn’t want that in their streets. The people stood up to it. That’s what happened and now a young woman is dead.

  63. dkeucd says:
    August 14, 2017 at 7:22 am
    Five Dallas police officers were killed in Dallas last year during a Black Lives Matter anti-cop rally. I don’t remember the media pushing to blame Obama for that, despite his very public endorsement of that organization.
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    That’s because the left(MSM being a a big part of) doesn’t care about police officers.
    Doesn’t belong in their agenda.

  64. People love to view the confederacy as part of it’s history. Be that as it may, it shouldn’t be glorified with statutes. Name another civilized country that pays homage to its enemy. As for Neo-Nazism, kkk…words cannot explain just how deplorable that is.

  65. I don’t agree with racist radical lists but these items being taken down are are history these are historical reminders it happened peiod.


    “Taken down” is not destroying them. They’re being moved to a museum and out of the public eye, and that’s the right thing to do.

    The confederate battle flag is anti-USA by its very definition, and it’s a fact that it represents racism for a huge number of people in this country. Period. Also the folks who are represented by some these statues fought AGAINST this country as we know it today.

    Those are certainly historical reminders for us and worth preserving because it is America’s past, but their place is in a museum and they don’t belong in a public area.

  66. jhorton83 says:
    August 14, 2017 at 6:21 am
    Well, Chris Long is right. Trump’s statement was a joke, trying to lay the blame on both sides. It was a white nationalist that plowed his car into a crowd, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring more than a dozen. But of course Trump is cowardly afraid to offend his alt-right base, so he tried to be as vague as possible.

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    Sadly, this is true. What a sad time for this country. I still cannot believe this is actually happening.

    My grandfather fought the Nazis for this?

  67. Good on Chris Long for saying this. I’ll never understand how the South, often the loudest “U-S-A!!!” chanters, still celebrate the hell out of a failed country that tried to leave the very USA they seem to love so much.

    I saw a report of some people in tears when the confederate flag came down in one particular state- not so much at the fact the flag came down but the fact that there was USA chants, and they complained that the chants was like rubbing it in or something.

    Just…wow.

  68. Did you notice Chris kept his political opinions to himself when he was with the Patriots !

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    Lol, he literally said he did not see this as a political issue and thus felt compelled to speak out.

  69. youngnoizecom says:
    August 14, 2017 at 10:39 am
    “No justice, no peace” calls for a plan of action, it’s not used to incite violence, it’s used to grab the attention of those in power, and is no way a slogan used to promote any type of violence.

    Say these words slowly, no justice, no peace. IDK how you try to spin that. People are dead because of that phrase. The carnage left behind at BLM rallies where no white supremacists were available to blame should tell you all you need to know. Or perhaps there’s a good reason to walk up to a car and in a most cowardly act, shoot a female office to death. Absent this movement, there’s a cop, a woman, a mother and wife still alive.

    Or perhaps I have this all wrong and free widescreen TV’s as well as burning cars and businesses are the path to true peace love and understanding?

  70. The Democratic is full of racism and hatred. THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY-THE BIG LIE. LOOK IT UP!
    If the Dem’s didn’t promote slavery in the 1800’s this would not have been an issue.

  71. What carnage left at BLM rallies? The incident in Dallas was in no way associated with BLM, and that was an individual taking it upon himself to participate in such a heinous act.

  72. youngnoizecom says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:45 am
    There is no such thing as an anti-cop rally. You guys have made up terms in your head to justify racist opinions. BLM has never called for the killing of cops, and any well read person who actually does their research on the organization would know that. People call for equality in this country and their complaints are suppressed. Why is it so hard to understand that everyone doesn’t have the same privileges in America?
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    Q: What do Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur, H. Rap Brown, George Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Black Panther Party, Black Liberation Army, Jalil Muntaqim, Sekou Odinga, Mutulu Shakur, Sundiata Acoli, all have in common?

    A: All are heroes of the BLM “movement” and all are cop killers.

    Last time I checked, the paid “protesters” of Antifa are the same “protesters” for BLM.

  73. Everyone must stand against what took place in Charlottesville. Not only does the Alt-right/nationalists/nazi’s/KKK whatever you want to call them stand for a divisive ideology, they also completely spit in the face of our great WW2 vets. I am also not a fan of Anti-fa but we must look at the truth the people hit by the car were not Anti-fa they were regular citizens standing up for what is right. I worry about the future of this great country from the last administration to the current they’ve both caused a great divide in this country. As a cold war vet under Reagan, even if we did not agree with his politics from time to time he knew how to bring us all together and we would have to be caught dead as a citizen or a troop to give into Russia during that time because we believed in being free and standing up to the face of evil and hate. The Gipper would be utterly disappointed in how we have grown as a society.

  74. Where was Chris Long right or wrong when Obama choose to be with HIS people than the military killed in Chattanooga. Where is right or wrong with all the demonstrations that turn into looting and burning of property, where was right or wrong when none of the representatives of Virginia in congress said a word. Because you use the pulpit of the NFL star does not make you right or wrong.

  75. It’s mind boggling how many conservative posters here on PFT are actually defending the N@zis and white supremacists whether downvoting the pro Chris Long comments or deflecting by saying, “well, what about antifa or BLM”!

    What’s it going to take to actually condemn racists, supremacists, the Klan, or Nazis????? You don’t have to agree with antifa (anti fascists) to condemn the racists, or do you actually support these kind of groups? Which is it?

  76. Lol. Left is soooo much more violent than the right it’s not even that close. Never has a President been so disrespected. The funny thing is Trump is really to do good on his word. I can’t remember a President as American as Trump.

  77. 27 shot and 5 killed in Chicago over the weekend alone.

    You tell me who’s the bigger problem. A white nationalist protest, or the city of Chicago and it’s daily shootouts??

    Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. Everyone has a right to protest and free speech regardless of which group it is.

  78. Is Long pointing out that it was a Bernie Sanders supporter – a leftist, in short – who struck the crowd? Is Long pointing out that the reason Trump isn’t attacking white supremacists is because there is no media culture support for them? And does Long understand the dominant culture enables leftism and that leftism is what begats violence because leftism begats favoritism to people who didn’t earn anything?

    If he doesn’t then he’s part of the problem.

  79. Any previous president would have gone on national television to condemn the violence and ask for peace. What does this president do? Nothing. Melania puts out a pathetic attempt of tweet first. Unbelievable!

  80. The funny thing is Trump is really to do good on his word.

    Then why hasn’t he yet?
    I loathed the idea of corrupt neo-con Hillary in the White House but so far I’m not impressed. Time to focus less on chest-thumping tweeting and dividing the country and more toward governing, building consensus and moving his agenda forward like on the health care and taxes items. That is what he was elected to do.

  81. I’m sure those who protest the white supremacists know that it was the democrats in the post reconstruction era that backed and created this mess of white trash to counter the Republican reconstruction actions.

    I’m sure you know.

  82. Indybear says:
    August 14, 2017 at 6:18 am
    “And I wish there was more categorical denial from some very important people in this country who have had the opportunity to strike it down but didn’t.”

    Keep wishing. It’s not going to happen with the Twitter Prez, our Liar in Chief.
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    The fact this initial comment got so many thumbs down speaks VOLUMES of the constituency of this site and its comment sections.

    If other posts in the past didn’t already show…

  83. “The funny thing is Trump is really to do good on his word. I can’t remember a President as American as Trump.”

    Trump is a fascist who is focused on one thing and one thing only, stealing the remaining public wealth of the country for the 1%. Nothing else matters to him and anything else is nothing more than a smoke screen to distract people from what he and his cronies are really up to

  84. For someone to type BLM is as racist as the KKK is absolutely mind-boggling and shows an astounding amount of willful ignorance. First of all the KKK has been around for over a hundred years, brutally murdered, raped and beaten many people of color, terrorized them by putting burning crosses into peoples yards, bombed predominantly African American churches and has continued to thrive. Don’t let your hate for someones skin color cloud your judgement, I do understand that there is a faction of commentators on this site who share repugnant and falsified views, but please for the sake of future generation, get out of your comfort zone, confront the issues going on in this country and be part of the solution, not the problem. I hope many of you find it in your hearts to look at things from the other side of the spectrum and begin to formulate factual opinons.

  85. it’s funny that liberals say the right is nothing but a hate group, but right now, Trump arrived into NYC to chants from hundreds of protesters screaming “New York hates you!”

    you can’t make up this idiocy.

  86. KKK are scum. Having come from a rough neighborhood that was majority black and latino, it makes me just as sick seeing brothers doing the Klan’s dirty work for them. They just don’t realize it. The sad fact of it is that a dead black man in this country is, overwhelmingly, at the end of a gun wielded by another brother.

    The Klan hasn’t had to be violent towards the hood for decades. All they’ve had to do is sit back, watch, and enjoy the “show”. THAT’S the most depressing part of this whole thing for me.

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    youngnoizecom says:
    August 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm
    For someone to type BLM is as racist as the KKK is absolutely mind-boggling and shows an astounding amount of willful ignorance. First of all the KKK has been around for over a hundred years, brutally murdered, raped and beaten many people of color, terrorized them by putting burning crosses into peoples yards, bombed predominantly African American churches and has continued to thrive. Don’t let your hate for someones skin color cloud your judgement, I do understand that there is a faction of commentators on this site who share repugnant and falsified views, but please for the sake of future generation, get out of your comfort zone, confront the issues going on in this country and be part of the solution, not the problem. I hope many of you find it in your hearts to look at things from the other side of the spectrum and begin to formulate factual opinons.

  87. Trump didn’t create the racists. Even if you feel he gave them the feeling of entitlement, he didn’t make them who they are.

    Trump is an idiot. A petulant child. But we can’t blame him for the crap this country was brought up on.

    Until society accepts that we are the problem, we will never have the power to change the problem. Those that feel there’s no co-existence will follow Darwin’s law eventually.

  88. youngnoizecom – BLM has always outdone a KKK that has been irrelevant almost its entire history. BLM never is held to account by media for its instigation and aggravation of violence. You want a solution for the country? Then stop defending the likes of BLM, stop supporting tearing down statues, stop enabling leftism, stop supporting Colin Kaepernick and that whole bunch.

  89. I’m sure those who protest the white supremacists know that it was the democrats in the post reconstruction era that backed and created this mess of white trash… – your comment is not relevant today. It is common for the GOP racist to bring up the Democrats past to ignore or hide the GOP’s own past. You stopped to soon however. Those Democrats changed party’s to…. yes the GOP in the mid sixties. And they didn’t stop being racist. They just stopped being Democrats.

  90. Chris Long is an Antifa fanboy? How about talking about the real issue, Chris – freedom of speech period, full stop, not freedom of speech except I can take a swing at you if I don’t like what you say. I would have been equally mad if Unite the Right had attacked a speech given by the Communist Party. Violence is the problem, not speech.

  91. “Did you notice Chris kept his political opinions to himself when he was with the Patriots !”

    Well the answer to that is easy. Openly racist groups didn’t hold a rally in him hometown while he was with the Patriots.

  92. “But he’s not sticking to sports.”

    And that just has to make you so happy, doesn’t it? Yeah, that’ll show ’em!

  93. No, its a matter of IS WHAT YOU SEE ON TV REAL?? Do they want racial divide?? of course they do!

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