There’s never a shortage of opinions when it comes to NFL players protesting racial injustices and systemic police brutality during the playing of the National Anthem. From President Donald Trump to a local police union, everybody is entitled to an opinion, but some people are taking a dark approach to the National Anthem protests.
The Republican Committee of Beaver County serves conservatives just west of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The RCBC secretary Carla Maloney made disturbing comments on her personal Facebook page last year in which she referred to all NFL players choosing to kneel as “over paid ignorant blacks” and “baboons.”
Maloney was named secretary of the RCBC earlier this year and reportedly made the comments before being named to the post, according to the committee’s chairman Chip Kohser.
Kohser also said he was aware of the comments prior to Maloney’s appointment, yet he simply advised her to watch what she posts to any public forum.
The Hopewell Township resident posted the following to her personal Facebook page.
“Tired of these over paid ignorant blacks telling me what I should believe in. I will tell you what I believe in and that is our Flag the National Anthem and America period end of story. You don’t like it here go to Africa see how you like it there. We are all Americans not African American not Hispanic American. WE ARE ALL AMERICAN.”
In addition to those comments, Maloney went on to predict a racial “civil war” coming in America.
She continued her rant, and her comments grew even more dark.
“Steelers are now just as bad as the rest of the over paid baboons. You respect your flag, country and our national anthem. How many men and women have lost limbs or died to protect this country and you baboons want respect. If you want respect you need to earn it and so far you haven’t. Stop watching, or going to a game and paying for over priced food, water and tickets. Let’s see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries.”Advertisement
In a cowardly back-pedal, the Facebook posts were eventually deleted from Maloney’s page.
Chairman Kohser said of Maloney’s posts, “Those comments do not reflect the opinions of the Republican Party as a whole.”
Kohser added that the secretary “is certainly apologetic that she put that persona out there about herself.”
Her comments have been condemned across Western Pennsylvania now that they’ve been made public thanks to reporting by J.D. Prose of The Times, and social media is calling for Maloney to be put into the spotlight and resign.
The NFL anthem protests are not about being anti-America, no matter how much people like Carla Maloney want to make it seem that way. Her narrow worldview only reflects the ignorance and cultural bubble she’s been subjected to her entire life. Maloney, like many others, would rather black Americans be quiet than stand their ground and affect change on the slanted world around them.
Maloney remains in her current role as RCBC secretary.