Despite Colin Kaepernick still being unemployed, the NFL cannot escape the discussion about national anthem protests.
Following last weekend’s sickening events in Charlottesville, more and more players have begun making their statements during the national anthem by remaining seated or simply raising a fist.
Up until last weekend, we had not seen any white players joining in the protest against systemic racism and racial inequality.
That all ended when Charlottesville native Chris Long joined his Philadelphia Eagles teammate Malcolm Jenkins by placing his arm around him, and Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt made a similar gesture on Friday night.
While Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was seated on the bench during the anthem, he was joined by Britt who placed his hand on Bennett’s shoulder as a sign of solidarity. Britt said he simply wanted to show support to his teammate and his beliefs.
SportsCenter: Justin Britt showed support of teammate Michael Bennett’s national anthem protest on Friday. … pic.twitter.com/uTL3eOeod7
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Bennett was touched by his teammates gesture.
— theScore (@theScore) August 19, 2017
While some people may not like the method of protest, it’s great to see people coming together.
At a time where the political climate has led to a fractured nation, seeing people from all walks of life come together as one for a similar cause is touching. Let’s just hope progress can continue to be made.