Fight the injustice, not the protest

Colin Kaepernick heard, saw and felt an injustice.

He chose to protest peacefully. His protest led to a debate within his team, within the NFL and eventually around the world. It also led to the loss of his job.

On Friday the NFL admitted that they were wrong by not encouraging peaceful protests by their players. Some say that it is too little and too late. I disagree. It might be too late for Kaepernick but it is not for the hundreds of current Black players, the thousands to come, and the millions of Black fans. When the President of the United States still, to this day, believes that what Kaepernick (and other players) did was wrong, we need all the voices we can gather in opposition.

To be clear, I am not arguing in favor of kneeling during the national anthem. I am arguing in favor of peaceful protest against racism. And if kneeling during the national anthem is the necessary protest, then I’m in favor of that.

It is heartbreaking to see so many people less offended by the brutal killing of a Black man than they are by a Black man gently kneeling.

If one is shocked by kneeling in protest of police brutality, one has a choice: work to end police brutality or decry kneeling.

Isn’t the choice clear?

Had we all made the right choice in 2016 when Kaepernick first took a knee, perhaps George Floyd would be alive today.

Let us learn about racism. Let us learn about white privilege. Let us take action. Let us stop the killings.

One thought on “Fight the injustice, not the protest

  1. Thanks for your thoughtful and timely post Yan! The anthropologist Leslie White once said “man is the only creature capable of being killed by a symbol.” Sadly true of human nature. But our voices can help turn the tide.

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