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Old 07-16-2019, 01:20 PM
BeagleJesus is offline
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Originally Posted by asahi View Post
IIRC, he wasn't advised to protest by the veteran; he was advised to take a knee rather than sit on his helmet, because he thought that it would be less controversial than just sitting down. Turns out, it didn't really do much to defuse the controversy. At a time when the values of moderation and pragmatism are on the decline, tribalism becomes the norm. And you can't kinda be a member of a tribe: you either are a member, or you're not. Kaepernick and his Black colleagues have found out the hard way.
(It's been a minute but if remember correctly...) In the beginning it was just a personal protest and he didn't do anything to draw attention to himself or the reason(s) why he didn't stand for the anthem. Whenever it was time for the anthem he just quietly walked to the bench and sat down. After several weeks of this someone caught him on camera and asked what was up, he explained and conservative white folks caught the vapors. Later on, when he was trying to refine his message he started taking a knee to try an stop folks from claiming he was disrespecting the blah, blah, blah bullshit.

Back in the day Mahmoud Abdul Rauf (formerly Chris Jackson) had a similar protest in the NBA where he would sit on the bench during the anthem. Eventually the NBA changed it's rules so that he was required to stand.

And for anyone who thinks this is unusual or a unique standpoint for black people to take I would invite you to catch a game at an HBCU and watch how few people ever rise for the anthem. I can testify that back in the 90s it was quite normal for no one in the stadium/arena/gym/whatever to stand or even stop talking when the song starts to play.