When former President Donald Trump called the National Football League (NFL) players who knelt during National Anthem “traitors,” Some NFL fans were nodding their heads in support of Trump. Now, Frank Michael Reich who is American football head coach of the Indianapolis Colts kneels during anthem as a protest against white privilege and systemic racism in the USA.
Blacks and others who are not white are labeled as ‘people of color’ and they are being discriminated against. The term ‘people of color’ is just a way of segregating others from white people so they can be easily discriminated against. The fact is Black is a skin color and white is also a skin color, and there is nobody without a skin color. Color is a beautiful thing.
According to Reich, “What I have heard from our players, over and over again, and what I have heard from the Black community, over and over again, is this: If the Black community could fix this problem of systemic racism, it would have been fixed a long time ago. But it’s not really their problem to fix.
“I’m not trying to shame the white community or throw guilt on people. Just merely saying: ‘OK, we got to where we are in our country’s history. Let’s evaluate where we are. Is this just? Is this the right thing? Let’s not be passive, which has been easy for all of us – including myself – to fall into.”
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Colts has collectively released a statement that says: “Our intent is to bring attention to the issue of systemic racism and the injustice inherent therein. We also wanted to demonstrate a symbolic gesture of how we believe meaningful change happens.”
They maintained that they were “Not protesting the flag, the anthem, or the men and women who wear the uniform.” …“The timing of this action is meant to highlight that the presence, power, and oppression of racism remains inconsistent with the unity and freedoms of what it means to be an American.”
As for the optics of their head coach kneeling during anthem, “It is not a posture of defiance,” the statement reads, “but rather one of humility – taken by the white community – to acknowledge the injustice and inequality that is present, and to find the courage and resolve to make the changes needed.”
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