Texas politician’s explanation of why NFL players are kneeling goes viral
As has been repeated many times, when Colin Kaepernick and every NFL player (and professional athlete) that followed him took a knee or raised a fist during the national anthem, it wasn’t protesting the anthem itself.
It is a protest to bring attention to inequality and police violence against minorities in America.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Even as NFL players have taken taken additional action off the field to help address some of those problems – through donations, meetings and more – and repeatedly explained why they are protesting, fans and some commentators are still asking why in the world they would kneel during the anthem.
So, the NFL world applauded on social media when this video of Texas politician Beto O’Rourke responding to a question about how he feels about the NFL protests:
The question was asked at a town hall in Houston earlier this month. O’Rourke’s opponent, Ted Cruz, slammed the Democrat for his answer.
“When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American (than players taking a knee), well I got to tell you, I can,” the Texas Senator said last week.