Did You Ever Know That You’re My Hero?

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” -Ovid

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I’m amazed at how many people who were alive during the Civil Rights Movement are still criticizing black people for choosing to exercise their right to peaceful assembly. If I’m being honest, if I were a black person in America, I don’t know that I could control myself enough to take part in a peaceful protest. To paraphrase James Baldwin, to be black in America is to be in a constant state of anger.

 

Colin Kaepernick started the protest; here are a list of people who protested in some way during the national anthem during week two of this NFL season:

  • Martellus Bennett, Tight End, Green Bay Packers
  • Micheal Bennett, Defensive Lineman, Seattle Seahawks
  • Justin Britt, Center, Seattle Seahawks
  • Thomas Rawls, Running Back, Seattle Seahawks
  • Cliff Avril, Defensive End, Seattle Seahawks 
  • Frank Clark, Defensive End, Seattle Seahawks
  • Robert Quinn, Line Backer, Los Angeles Rams
  • Johnny Hekker, Punter, Los Angeles Rams
  • Eric Reid, Safety, San Francisco 49’ers
  • Marshawn Lynch, Running Back, Oakland Raiders
  • Malcolm Jenkins, Safety, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Chris Long, Defensive Long, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Rodney McCleod, Safety, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Marcus Peters, Cornerback, Kansas City Chiefs

Gentlemen, you are my heroes. Thank you for proverbially standing up for those who need it. Thank you for using your positions to bring attention to the perpetual racism black people in America face every day. Thank you for using your celebrity for a worthy cause. You are appreciated. We stand with you.

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