Today the San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid joined the women on The View via satellite to discuss “taking a knee” before the football game.
If you recall, Reid was the second NFL football player to join in the protest with than teammate Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem.
Reid explains that the silent protest is to speak out for the people who didn’t have a voice. He said, “include police brutality, systemic oppression of black and brown people.”
Reid says, “It’s not about the anthem, the flag or the military.”
“We love this country so much that we receive the right to criticize her perpetually, Reid paraphrased writer James Baldwin in. “We just want to do that — we want to make our country better.”
When asked about Jerry Jones’ comments on Sunday regarding the Dallas Cowboys players told “We will not disrespect the flag, if there is any disrespectful to the flag, we will not play,” Reid said, “That’s a poor decision on Jerry’s part.”
“We have a constitutional right to protest. And that’s all we’re doing — exercising it,” Reid continued. “It’s a peaceful protest… We’r simply trying to raise awareness around the issues that our country face[s].”
Reid says that his mom did serve and that he comes from a military family with family members still on active duty.
Reid did a New York Times op-ed talking about the start of the silent protest last season and how he and Kaepernick spoke to Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former NFL player regarding how to protest.
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