In a recent 90-second segment, Fox Sports’ Nick Wright perfectly summed up how NFL fans mad at Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem are feigning patriotism to uphold white supremacy.
Wright was responding to the news that NFL owners had adopted a new policy requiring NFL players to stand for the singing of the national anthem or risk being fined. The policy stipulates that players may choose to stay in the locker room if they wish during the anthem, but that any player on the field is not allowed to kneel.
The policy prompted angry responses from fans, former players, and even team owners. New York Jets co-owner Christopher Johnson said that he would personally pay the fines of any player who kneeled during the anthem, saying he supported players’ rights to free speech. In an op-ed for NBC News, former Minnesota Vikings kicker Chris Kluwe said that because the American flag represents all Americans’ right to protest, the NFL’s new anthem policy is actually unpatriotic.
In Wright’s Fox Sports segment, the commentator openly asked fans if they would be as angry with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who began the movement of players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality against black communities — if he refused to stand for the national anthem as a means of drawing attention to the poor treatment American veterans receive when coming home from war.
“Would you still be mad? Because [Kaepernick] would be ‘disrespecting the flag’ just the same way,” Wright said.
Wright then picked apart Kaepernick’s critics’ arguments by suggesting the root cause of their anger was rooted in white supremacy.
“…Or are you mad because, deep down, you kinda feel like, ‘Black people got it good enough. Listen, we stopped lynching y’all 90 years ago. We have y’all the actual right to vote 50 years ago. These days you almost have equal foot gettin’ into college with us. Chill. And you, you get to make millions of dollars playin’ a game.’ As if that wasn’t a skill honed and crafted and worked on. Blood, sweat, and tears. So what are you actually mad at?”
Watch the full segment below:
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