“Masser” to get his way, and Black people are once again being penalized for trying to make a change. President Trump’s recent support of the NFL’s new mandate, “NFL Players Must Stand For The Anthem or Stay In The Locker Room” is nothing more than him strutting his power, but the perfect example as to why Black players must stick together.
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL stating “team owners colluded to keep him from being signed” after kneeling for the injustices committed against African Americans throughout the country.
This policy proves how American corporations willingly overlook injustice in this country. Kaepernick stressed the purpose of him kneeling, but rather than engaging in a discussion about those issues, his words were misconstrued as he and any other players who chose to kneel for the sake of justice were demonized.
Players in the NFL and NBA are the gladiators’ of our time. They are a force to be reckoned with, but only when they stand together. One man cannot fight an army alone. He needs the support of his comrades. Whether they devise a different plan by protesting with matching colored wristbands or kneeling it will be ineffective if everybody who believes in justice does not come together. The only way a system can be toppled is if everybody is on one accord, has a code of conduct, and egoism is sacrificed
It should also be noted that while vocally endorsing the rule change, President Trump did insist that sitting in the locker room shouldn’t be an option for players. He also added that players should “Stand Proudly” when the national anthem is sang. The Hall of Game will be played August 2nd on NBC. More people will be tuned in for the national anthem than the Baltimore Ravens or the Chicago Bears.