Oakland Raiders Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem
By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Have you ever noticed when people of color participate in civil disobedience, white America gets upset? Even though the First Amendment provides the right to freedom of speech, it seems as though that freedom is not so free when it affects those living within so-called ‘White-America.’
It’s no surprise to people who follow NFL football that Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL owners for protesting the national anthem. Check this out – the NFL is a league that will allow those found guilty of using PED’s to play. Not only that, those who are found guilty of domestic assault are given a second-chance to play the game they love and make a lot of money. However, for a person to take a stand against the injustice of white police officers shooting and killing unarmed Black men, a player gets blackballed.
Because the football season will be starting soon, people are wondering if Kaepernick will get signed. By the look of things, it doesn’t appear so.
So here’s the question – will other football players protest the national anthem?
Former Seattle Seahawk, Marshawn Lynch who came out of retirement and signed with the Oakland Raiders sat down during the national anthem when the Oakland Raiders played the Arizona Cardinals during their preseason game on Saturday night.
According to a report by SI, “Lynch’s apparent protest comes in wake of this weekend’s violent white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Va. and falls in line with what Colin Kaepernick started around the NFL last season as players found ways to protest racism and police brutality during the playing of the anthem before games.”
Even though Lynch did not play in Saturday’s game, his actions clearly show that America has yet to address the problem of racism. What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va at the University of Virginia with neo—Nazi’s and members of the KKK protesting is an indication America has a long way to go.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org
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