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Dale Hansen’s Take on the NFL Protests Goes National

The longtime sportscaster's rebuke of those decrying the right of NFL players to protest the treatment of black Americans has broken out of North Texas.

Last night, you may have noticed your social media feeds filling up with Dale Hansen. The longtime sportscaster added his own eloquent, straightforward take to the national anthem protests, defending the rights of the athletes to kneel to protest police violence against black Americans. It’s Dale at his clear-eyed best, using equal parts emotion and logic to kindly dismantle the arguments of those who rail against the players’ right to protest systemic racism.

There’s this:

Donald Trump has said he supports a peaceful protest because it’s an American’s right—but not this protest, and there’s the problem: The opinion that any protest you don’t agree with is a protest that should be stopped.

Martin Luther King should have marched across a different bridge. Young, black Americans should have gone to a different college and found a different lunch counter. And college kids in the 60’s had no right to protest an immoral war.

And there’s this:

My best friend in high school was killed in Vietnam. Carroll Meir will be 18 years old forever. And he did not die so that you can decide who is a patriot and who loves America more.

And this one, if you haven’t gotten it yet:

They, and all of us, should protest how black Americans are treated in this country. And if you don’t think white privilege is a fact, you don’t understand America.

Watch it if you haven’t.

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  • JamieT

    It’s interesting to hear that Dale Hansen implicitly supporting the inherent right of neo-Nazis to protest in Charlottesville or anywhere else.

    • Mavdog

      Yes, they certainly do have the right to peaceful assembly. Just because their message is repulsive to hear our country allows them to assemble. Part of the greatness of the USA.
      Same with the KKK and others.
      This is not radical thought. Odd you would refer to the idea as “interesting”.

      • DubiousBrother

        Recall that actually, the Obama backing leftie, Jason Kessler, was not issued a permit for the “Unite the Right” rally in Emancipation Park (fka Lee Park) – he sued and got a judge to issue an injunction to hold the rally in that park instead of an alternative park, McIntire Park, where the city wanted the rally to happen.
        Part of the greatness of the radical left in the USA until people died. Who is funding Kessler?

        • Mavdog

          No, the White Nationalist Jason Kessler was granted a permit to hold his “Unite The Right” rally at Emancipation Park; however his permit application stated attendance at a claimed 400, when the actual number was estimated to be close to 1000.

          The City moved to revoke the permit due to the descrepancy in size, however the ACLU stepped in to defend the right of even despicable White Nationalist/Neo-Nazis such as Kessler to assemble. The court ruled against the City. Of course they were anything but peaceful….

    • bmslaw

      Most people who understand the true meaning of “freedom of speech” and “freedom of assembly” also understand that support of these basic American rights does not imply support of the ideas expressed. Just because I support your right to say whatever you like about whatever you like does not mean that I agree with or condone your words. I have the freedom to voice my agreement with you, argue with you, or just ignore you. That freedom, and those rights, is what the flag and the anthem represent. The flag is not an idol to be worshipped; it is a symbol of those rights and that freedom. To use the flag and the anthem to deny those rights and freedom is patriotic blasphemy.

  • DubiousBrother

    Crying racism is the latest cool thing for the left. The national average for Black babies born out of wedlock is 72.2%. That is a huge disadvantage for those Black children right from birth. Are the NFL players doing anything to reverse this horrible trend or are they part of the problem either directly or as role models?
    That being said, the most dangerous place for a Black baby to be is in the womb. Since 1973, according to the CDC over 15.5 million Black babies have been aborted. That is progress according to the left and would make any neo-nazi, white supremacist or KKK member very happy.

  • JamieT

    Apart from the fact that most of Hansen’s screed was the sort of straw man argument ready made for empty sanctimony (and what free speech “rights” does Hansen or anyone else think any employee enjoys with respect to their employer – rather than the government – anyway?) Hansen and of course D Magazine have now joined the pack with the other baying hounds who’ve now successfully clamped their jaws down on the spinning rear wheel of the clown car. So what do they do now?

    When it was just Colin Kaepernick that was one thing. Now it’s A Movement. Of Athletes. Protesting Something vague and fuzzy but serious sounding because city magazine writers lard it with even more fuzzy terms like “systemic” or “structural” they’re grateful they don’t have to explain.

    But, like its cousin, the macarena fad, only one of three courses can obtain now: the Movement shrivels and disappears (though probably not entirely, just as somewhere, right now, someone is still doing the macarena); it proceeds apace at its current level; or it grows, and more and more athletes Take The Knee for whatever reason their publicist works out as best.

    The best possible case for These Serious Athletes Seriously Protesting Systemic Racism You Guys would be for The Movement to shrivel and die. But then what was all this silliness the past several weeks really all about, Serious, Systemic Racism-Protesting Alejandro Villanueva Guys? Post-Kneel press conferences to explain the play in detail, because it was apparently either just too nuanced or just too ridiculously FUBARed beyond any regognition to have actually been any sort of real protest? Congenital lemming behavior? And the photo of Jerry kneeling, arms linked, Being About Something? Priceless, for the all-time blooper reel.

    That’s the best case. On the other hand, let’s say The Movement persists – or grows. So every. friggin’. athletic. event. now contains a new permanent element: The Pre-Game Kneel.

    “What do you think the Cowboys have choreographed for this week’s Kneel, Troy?”

    “Hard to say, Joe but it’s going to have to be spectacular after what the Cards pulled off last week with all those gorgeous mums and sparklers.”

    “On a fun note, Troy, I hear Dale Hansen, having exhausted his inventory of dead friends to sanctimoniously exploit as on-air performance art will be doing a guest pirouette center field at half time.”

    “That’ll be great, Joe. No one does a better half time pirouette than Dale.”

    And the fans? What fans?

    • Happy Bennett

      “having exhausted his inventory of dead friends to exploit”–No kidding. Hansen stopped being relevant or even watchable when he started making it “all about Dale”. He should have retired when he started telling us he was “molested as a child”–kind of leaving that half exposed stink hanging all over the station one night and then– out of context –repeating the same six words some months later. As it is, Hansen cannot even properly analyze sports or sports figures anymore. The currently “unemployable” Kaepernick started giving his fans and employers the knee when he was about to lose his starting QB status. It worked to the extent that of the 11 games Kaepernick started, he lost 10. The fantasy about “police brutality” and the “national conspiracy to undermine people because of skin pigment” was embroidered later. If Dale wants to prop up con men, sports losers or oddities like former gay football player Sam, the high school boy who wants to wrestle girls, or men who want to use women’s restroooms, maybe he should do it on his own time. Go national Dale–see how that works out for you.

      • JamieT

        In the meantime, maybe the State Fair will memorialize him as a larger than life butter sculpture becoming unglued at an artificial cotton stalk. If the winter proves cold enough, we could then temporarily place him on the plinth where the statue of Robert E. Lee once stood.

        • Happy Bennett

          Robert Willonsky wants to stuff him when he passes and put him in a museum….

  • Jeff Chick
    • Happy Bennett

      Obviously, you have never met the great man. Having been in a jury pool of citizens obliged to serve, I can tell you the “don’t you know who I am?” attitude and general unpleasantness towards the other “peons” (of all races and ethnic backgrounds) with which TV celeb Hansen was forced by virtue of community service to mingle, was a missed opportunity by Mr. Hansen to expand rather than contract his fan base.

      • Mavdog

        I have met Dale Hansen, and have had multiple conversations with Mr. Hansen. I find Dale an engaging person who has a great sense of humor and quick wit.

        Not only that, he also has an insight on today’s world that many, including myself, find to be on point. Hope he continues to speak out “unplugged” as often as he is able.

  • A saddened patriot

    Dale Hansen is the bravest journalist out there. God bless him for telling it straight and clear.

    • JamieT

      The bravest journalist out there likes to tell it straight and clear from his alba sanctuarii in Waxahatchie, where the whites outnumber the blacks 5 to 1. The whiter your lifestyle or media hiring practices, the more important it becomes to lecture others on their racism.

      • A saddened patriot

        whoa, hang on. I think he was clearly pointing out the hypocrisy, and with all due respect, if you want white people to listen, get a white man to tell them.
        I’m not going to disparage anyone for standing up for their beliefs, as he said, thats what America is all about.

  • Todd Atnip

    I used to be a big DH supporter. He used to tell it like it is with emotionless common sense. He would use lines like this – “Exploiting the national anthem to protest inequality and racism is like divorcing your wife because your neighbor made you mad”. Now people like me with no audience to reach at all have to do it. So disappointing.

    • Marcie Batten

      YES! You nailed it. Up until about 5-6 years ago, a humorous common sense analysis was exactly what DH offered. Things changed at WFAA and other local stations with the occasional exception of 4 , where it got all obsequiously full of liberal talking points. Several aging anchors were replaced. There is less news reporting and too much– one sided– social commentary.

      • JamieT

        The strategy “Alienate half your audience/readership and the other half will buy twice as much” in the DFW media seems to be rising right up there to join “Lose a little on every sale and make it up in volume”. Because if anyone is going to make Dale Hansen destination TV it’s going to be a just-arrived young Millennial sitting on her $3,000 Cantoni sofa with a paper copy of D Magazine by her side.

  • DubiousBrother

    I’m curious – what job in the United States can a qualified person not get due to the color of their skin?

    • Happy Bennett

      They can’t have Dale Hansen’s “white privilege” job which he holds onto by spouting even more extreme WFAA liberal propaganda. After decades, DH must be glued to that sports analyst chair.