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Colin Kaepernick may not be in the league as of right now, but his message from last year is still being heard and guys are still following suit.
Prior to Sunday’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings – San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid knelt during the playing of the national anthem as part of the protest against social injustice and police brutality in this country.
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This is significant, because earlier this month, Reid stated he wasn’t going to stage any protests during the national anthem for the upcoming season after he did so last year with former teammate Colin Kaepernick.
Following the game, Reid stated he changed his mind on the protest after speaking with his former teammate and in the wake of the recent events in Charlottesville. He plans to continue this throughout the season.
“Change. The accountability for officers that step outside of the line,” Reid said when asked what he hopes to achieve with his protest, according to NFL.com. “We want our president to be a president and not threaten to shut down the government over a wall. To change the oppression that happens in this country, it has no place in the world, let alone America.
“So, I think our goal is to just keep talking about it. Hopefully, we … inspire people to do something about it through our protests. And this isn’t something that’s new. I’ve learned a lot of things throughout the past year about athletes that have talked about the same things that we’re talking about. So, the goal is to just create some change.”
“What I was upset about was the false narratives that were being told about us, people were saying we’re un-American, that we’re against police entirely and the military,” Reid said, according to ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. “And that just wasn’t true. At first, I thought that was a small sacrifice to pay to get the word out to raise awareness, and I settled with thinking that raising that awareness was victory.
“Then fast-forward to Charlottesville, and the country sees what an un-American protest really looks like. That’s when I had my change of heart, because what Colin, Eli and I did was a peaceful protest fueled by faith in God to help make our country a better place. And I feel like I needed to regain control of that narrative and not let people say that what we’re doing is un-American, because it’s not. It’s completely American. We’re doing it because we want equality for everyone. We want our country to be a better place, so that’s why I decided to resume the protest.”