On Thursday evenin’ Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins continued to hold up his fist durin’ the national anthem in protest of social injustice in this country. Well playboy…his white teammate Chris Long put his arm around him durin’ the national anthem then patted the dun on his shoulder and gave him a hug after the song was over. When asked about it after the game ole boy kept it real when answerin’ the question.
“I’ve heard a lot of people say you need white athletes to get involved in the anthem protests. I’ve said before I’ll never kneel for an anthem, because the flag means something different for everybody in this country, but I support my peers. And if you don’t see why you need allies for people that are fighting for equality right now, I don’t think you’ll ever see it. So my thing is, Malcolm is a leader, and I’m here to show support as a white athlete.”
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! If we are family in the human race then what Chris Long did shouldn’t be an anomaly bruh. In sports boyz always use the phrase “We’re a family” but when it’s time to show up and support the family, cats disappear like roaches in the projects when the lights come on.
I’ve got to give Chris Long big props for standin’ along side of his brother and understandin’ that his experience in this country is completely different than Malcolm’s and boyz that look like him. For a person to simply recognize that is the progress that we need in America.
When people start showin’ empathy for other folk’s situations THEN and ONLY then will we get the change that’s needed in America. The problem for way too long has been that people only care about what affects them and theirs ONLY. Boyz are like, “my family is cool so I don’t care. Nobody in my family has ever been pulled over for no reason and had guns drawn on them, or God forbid, killed for reachin’ for their wallet even after tellin’ the cop that they were reachin’ for it. Nobody in my family has been discriminated against or denied opportunity in this country because of the way they look etc. Why should I care?”
When you’ve always been on the side of privilege and comfort it’s hard to put yourself in the shoes of others that haven’t always been given the benefit of the doubt or those that have been mistreated and marginalized. So I give Chris major props for steppin’ out of his comfort zone and supportin’ his teammate when it could have been real easy to stay out of it. Stop me when I start lyin’!
1) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
The G is excluded from the endings of all words because the G is near and dear to my heart because I’m from “The G” which is Gary, Indiana. So I only use the G when I’m talkin’ about “The G!”
The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!