Yes, I am sooo happy the Dallas Cowboys swept the Philadelphia Eagles 38-33, but the surprise story yesterday was the Kansas City Chiefs‘ actions. While the circumstances of Jovan Belcher‘s murder/suicide remain a mystery, one thing that was clear was that his girlfriend, Kassandra Perkins.
We could say like the Slate article that since the NFL has a domestic violence problem because of so many violent men, that the Chiefs recognizing victims of domestic violence was nothing more than an empty gesture. I don’t take such a cynical view of the world. I don’t that it’s just professional American football players who have a domestic violence problem, since such a view make it an “us-versus-them” problem when in reality, it is OUR problem. The fact is that anti-domestic violence campaigns (if we exclude the Temperance movement for just a second) are relatively young from the early 1970s on. In some states, there are moves to weaken anti-domestic violence laws today, like in Kansas. I think in light of the reactionary politics going on in its neighboring state, Missouri‘s best pro football team did the right thing and is a step in the right direction.
Edit: Addition: May we remember the victims of domestic violence in spite of the monetary success, race, or prowess of the perpetrators.Please read Crunk Feminist Collective: Remember Their Names: In Memory of Kasandra, Cherica, and Others.