Drew Brees’s tone-deaf comments on protests are both ignorant and dangerous

Only willful ignorance can explain the New Orleans Saints star’s ongoing conflation of kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police violence with disrespect for the military

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s disturbing murder at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers that has ignited the world both literally and figuratively, the NFL has engaged in a refreshing, new tone: unification. Players of all skin colors have joined marches and donated millions of dollars to organizations fighting the increasingly clear atrocities of inequality in America. The black players, who comprise more than 70% of the league’s workforce, have shared their personal experiences encountering systemic racism, while their white counterparts have listened and publicly lent their support as allies. 

Related: The NFL and Trump both reek of hypocrisy over George Floyd’s death

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Only willful ignorance can explain the New Orleans Saints star’s ongoing conflation of kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police violence with disrespect for the military In the aftermath of George Floyd’s disturbing murder at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers that has ignited the world both literally and figuratively, the NFL has engaged in a refreshing, new tone: unification. Players of all skin colors have joined marches and donated millions of dollars to organizations fighting the increasingly clear atrocities of inequality in America. The black players, who comprise more than 70% of the league’s workforce, have shared their personal experiences encountering systemic racism, while their white counterparts have listened and publicly lent their support as allies.  Related: The NFL and Trump both reek of hypocrisy over George Floyd’s death Continue reading…

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