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Activist Points Out A Shameful Truth About The Reaction To #TakeAKnee

Activist Points Out A Shameful Truth About The Reaction To #TakeAKnee
Updated 7 months ago

The controversy surrounding NFL players who choose to kneel during the national anthem as an act of protest continues. President Donald Trump's vendetta against the players (who have repeatedly pointed out that they're protesting police brutality, not the anthem itself) has divided Americans between those who support the players and those who think kneeling during the anthem is unpatriotic. 

On Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about the protests:

I think our clubs all see this the same way -- we want our players to stand, we're going to encourage them to stand and we're going to continue to work on these issues in the community. We'll address issues -- I can't deal with hypotheticals right now, we'll deal with those issues if they come up -- but for right now, that's our focus.
The fact is that we have about half a dozen players that are protesting. We hope and continue to work to try to put that at zero -- that's what we'd like to do.

On Twitter, however, an activist named @Samswey served up a hard truth.

Samuel called out the way many "allies" like Goodell have addressed the players' concerns:

And Samuel went on, making an eloquent point:

People on Twitter quickly got behind Samuel:

People are calling for real change:

However, Goodell also found some support among the commenters: 

In a recent letter to Congress in support of the Sentencing and Corrections Act of 2017, Commissioner Goodell and Seahawks Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin supported the protesting players:

When the hometowns of our players or the 32 communities in which our clubs are located are hurting - whether from natural disasters or those that are man-made - so too are our teams. And like most Americans, our owners, players, coaches and clubs spring into action to help. Over the last two seasons, one particular issue that has come to the forefront for our players and our teams is the issue of justice for all.

But for many fans, the letter was just a reminder of Samuel's original point:

There was a lot of support for the activists' sentiment:

But it's important to remember: