It’s pretty much been well established that at least one player is going to take a knee during the national anthem at any NFL game this season. However, Vice President Mike Pence must have thought they would make an exception if he showed up to a game, since he was apparently so offended by the professional athletes taking a knee that he left the game. He later tweeted:
‘I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.’
It’s one of those moments where you simply ask, “Well, what did you expect?” The 49ers have had players protesting by taking a knee for weeks now. Did he think he was worth the exception? He’s not. Just saying. Eric Reid, 49ers safety, who also kneeled, responded to what many are labeling as a publicity stunt, and his response is brilliant.
‘My honest reaction … Does anybody know the last time he’s been to a football game? With that being said, he tweeted out a three-year-old photo of him at a Colts game so with the information I have the last time he was at a Colts game was three years ago. So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again. This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made.’
Reid is ABSOLUTELY on point. Why would the vice president even attempt to go to a game if he was so offended by the act of taking a knee? It was both a publicity stunt and an attempt at intimidating the players to fall in line and behave with the systemic conformity that white people have tried to force on the black community for hundreds of years. Free speech, however, will always prevail, especially when it matters so much more than just the freedom of speech. Taking a knee is meant to bring attention to the lives of black men and women… not disrespect a flag, and that’s the point both the vice president and president are missing.
You can watch Reid’s statement below.
— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) October 8, 2017
Featured image via Twitter.