On Monday, Washington Redskins wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Jr was caught yelling at fans during his teams heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. This isnt the first time an NFL player has been caught on film cursing and carrying on. Indeed, weve seen it before and well see it again. However, it wasnt just your regular exchange between excited, inebriated or otherwise impaired fans who are high on victory. According to Pryor, there was a lot more than meets the eye.
As seemingly is always the case these days, video of the exchange was captured and posted by TMZ. A fan can be heard shouting f— you to which Pryor responded in kind, flipping the middle finger for good measure.
2nd video from @TMZ_Sports clearly shows Terrell Pryor reacting to a fan saying, “F*** you, and f*** Ohio State.” https://t.co/2BoT7gA0TV
Later, Terrelle took to Instagram to explain himself and his actions.
The NFL and its fans proving Kap’s point yet again…via Terrell Pryor
These days, racism is front and center in our society. However, for some, confusion abounds when juxtaposing institutional racism with interpersonal racism like what was experienced by Pryor. Whether face-to-face or by way of the built-in discriminatory practices of many societal establishments, racism is meant to demean and degrade some minorities simply due to skin color or ethnicity.
The reason that Colin Kaepernick took a knee in the first place was bring to light to how personal prejudices have literally become a part of the criminal justice system, resulting in a disproportionate amount of African American and Latino prisoners who are incarcerated, as well as the greater chance of police-involved shootings victimizing black males.
This fans behavior is not indicative of how every American feels. But too many Americans feel that way. In fact, so many Americans covertly believe in their own racial superiority, that those well-meaning individuals who feel otherwise are cowed into consent and capitulation by their countrymen.