Last night, the Carolina Panthers kicked off their new season against the Denver Broncos. Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall decided to participate in the “protest” begun by San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick and took a knee during the anthem.
Marshall said “The message is I’m against social injustice. I’m not against the military or police or America at all. I’m against social injustice and I feel like this was the right thing to do.”
Hmm. Okay that’s vague enough to signify basically…nothing.
However, after Marshall’s protest, Twitter was aflame with vile, racist tweets criticizing his action. Except there’s just one problem. The boneheads posting the tweets were attacking the wrong Brandon Marshall.
The Jets’ Marshall according to nj.com has never given any indication that he would kneel during the anthem.
Marshall was asked this week if he’d ever consider not standing during the anthem. He did not specifically answer, but this was his response:
“We all have causes. I think there’s things that trumps all of those causes. When it comes to human rights, when you believe in one thing, you believe in all. I spent a lot of time last week listening to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I listened to almost all of his speeches online. I downloaded the album again.
“One of the things he’s always done was he spoke his mind. He’s always spoke it out of truth and love. He did it in a way where he had friends on both sides. I think that’s the best way, where you sit at the table. It’s interesting, because that was the civil rights movement back then. This is another civil rights movement, like it or not. This is a civil rights movement. It’s a civil rights issue.
“Martin Luther King did an amazing job of making sure that everyone was at the table. What I mean by that is he never once went against America. He always said America was an amazing nation. Whether he believed that or not, I don’t know. I say that because if you want to get things done, you have to do it in a way where everyone is at the table.
“For me, I think it’s an amazing time, and I think that we’re going to see a lot of change. Nothing is new. These issues have been around forever. The only thing that’s changed is technology and we get the information faster. We’re able to capture it.
“I’m excited about the times we’re in because we’re talking about it. We’ll see what happens and how we’re going to affect change with these protests and some of the things that people are talking about.”
Sooo….exactly what is he hoping to change? Who is not at the table? Gosh, if it’s Barack Obama, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, Jeh Johnson and Loretta Lynch around the table, sure seems like it’s the white folks who ain’t represented.
But what do I know?
Two interesting factoids to note about all this brouhaha over the National Anthem. Kaepernick’s jersey has become the top-selling jersey on the National Football League’s official online store, according to Yahoo News and NFL kickoff ratings are down. Hmmmm.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]