Communication to violent cops: NFL players have started kneeling during our anthem to express their outrage

49ers safety Eric Reid joined Kaepernick in kneeling
San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid kneeling during the National Anthem in the opening game, Sept. 1


“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.  To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

“This is not something that I am going to run by anybody.  I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”

“[R]ogue cops . . . are allowed to hold positions in police departments, not only put the community in danger, but also put the cops that have the right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust.”

“This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all, and it’s not happening for all right now.”

Kaepernick’s decision to kneel and not sit during the anthem was the right move.  Kneeling shows respect but deep discontent.  Like wearing a flag pin upside down.  If you want to persuade people you don’t want to open the discussion with a fist in their face.  You have to slowly win them over, kneeling matches that strategy.  Also you want to separate the good cops from the rogue cops and address them differently, not push them into a unity against the outside world.  Kaepernick’s strategy does this.


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