A growing number of athlete activists are beginning to show their hypocrisy through their “messages of unity.” While the vast majority of hockey players have decided to stand for the national anthems of both the U.S. and Canada, one player decided to take a knee during one anthem but not the other following a very clear message from the league that they “Skate for Black Lives.”
Before the Saturday night National Hockey League (NHL) game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Edmonton Oilers in Alberta, Canada, Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba — who also represents the “Hockey Diversity Alliance” — made a speech that basically described the league’s stance on social justice issues before kneeling for the U.S. national anthem.
“Racism is a man-made creation and all it does is deteriorate from our collective prosperity,” Dumba said. “Racism is everywhere. Racism is everywhere — and we need to fight against it.”
That’s all well and good to believe in your own opinions. But if “racism is everywhere,” why did Dumba kneel for the U.S. anthem but stand for the Canadian national anthem?
Dumba is Canadian, but that shouldn’t excuse the double standard he displayed. Is he saying that "systemic racism," or racism in general, doesn't exist in Canada?
Here’s video of Dumba’s message, along with his kneeling and standing:
The NHL did a pretty good job in the video above of trying to hide the fact that Dumba stood for the Canadian anthem while taking a knee for the U.S. anthem.
One other thing that Dumba said that was annoyingly hypocritical was when he alluded to wanting “kids to feel safe, comfortable, and free-minded every time they enter an arena.”
Okay, but what if that kid — or any person for that matter — disagrees with Dumba and the Hockey Diversity Alliance’s stance? Are they still considered “free-minded?” Or are people only free to espouse their opinions if said opinion falls in line with the prevailing thought based on race?
Just some food for thought.