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New York Jets, Sam Darnold, Le’Veon Bell and more take part in blackout Tuesday

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 21: Sam Darnold #14 hands the ball off to Le'Veon Bell #26 of the New York Jets against the New England Patriots during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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Sam Darnold, Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets social media department itself are among the many taking part in blackout Tuesday.

The New York Jets official Twitter account has a grand total of one tweet on Tuesday. It’s a simple tweet yet one that hits society in a profound way (and every individual in his/her own unique way).

The blackout craze hit the social media world on Tuesday with instructions for accounts to post an all-black colored image in solidarity of the cause and not return to the account for the rest of the day.

Jets running back Le’Veon Bell helped explain the guidelines early on Tuesday after he had posted his first public thoughts since the George Floyd tragedy hit our world last week.

He was feeling it to such a degree that later in the evening another tweet arrived with more thoughts attached.

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold also took part in blackout Tuesday, opting to use Instagram.


Interestingly, not every Jets player was enthused with the idea. The team’s best player, Jamal Adams, thought the idea allowed for opportunistic folks to hop aboard without real conviction.

He quote-tweeted those very thoughts coming from Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley.

Riots continue across the country while the vocal minority on social media continue to pretend objectivity and nuance aren’t real things. Unfortunately, the madness will continue until individuals can have real, nuanced conversations without dealing in absolutes.

“No, this individual isn’t automatically your enemy simply because he or she doesn’t think exactly like you.”

Why such an elementary thought is so tough to come to grips with on social media remains a tremendous mystery. I suppose respect only works if two human beings are having a conversation in a face-to-face setting.

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