Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins Will Continue Protesting Police Brutality & Racial Inequality
Where Colin Kaepernick left off last season, Malcolm Jenkins will pick it right back up this season.
The Philadelphia Eagles safety says he plans on continuing to protest against police brutality and racial inequality during the entire 2017 season.
Jenkins, like many others around the league, joined the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback by kneeling in protest during the National Anthem, and he wants that message to continue—that racial inequality, police brutality, and oppression towards African-Americans needs to be paid attention to, and it needs to come to an end.
Jenkins released a statement:
“Last season, I raised my fist as a sign of solidarity to support people, especially people of color, who were and are still unjustly losing their lives at the hands of officers with little to no consequence. After spending time with police officers on ride-alongs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it’s clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration.
With the new call for a war on crime and drugs, the disproportionate oppression of poor communities and communities of color will continue unless legislative efforts and community engagement are made a priority. I’ve seen signs of life with regards to bipartisan support for criminal justice reform, but the support does not reflect the necessary urgency for real reform. This must be made a priority.
As the blowback against those who stand up for what is right thickens, I feel it is necessary to push forward with a relentless determination. I want to send a message that we will not easily be moved or deterred from fighting for justice. There are many players across the league who have joined me in working toward new legislation and reestablishing trust and opportunities in our communities, and you can expect to see much more of that. I want to thank the fans across the country who have supported me in this effort to fight for equality and justice. I want to thank those that have dedicated their lives to this fight, as I know that it is not easy. And I want to challenge those who stay silent to be courageous and use your platforms to become part of the solution. God Bless.”
It was just last week when the Eagles safety referred to NFL owners as ‘cowards‘ for not signing Colin Kaepernick.