White Players Joining Protests is Helpful
There are a couple of reasons why white NFL players and athletes don’t want any part of what is going on with Colin Kaepernick and the protests for racial equality.
The main reason is it doesn’t affect them. It is hard to feel strongly about a cause that has no direct effect on you
Secondly, they don’t want their reputations and endorsements to be hurt by a cause that once again isn’t about them.
Lastly, they probably just don’t care what is happening to people of color in society because they have never been through any of those experiences.
It would be helpful if some joined the fight, but don’t expect any to do so.
“You need a white guy to join the fight. The white guy is super important to the fight,” Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said. “For people to really see social injustices, there must be someone from the other side of the race who recognizes the problem, because a lot of times if just one race says there’s a problem, nobody is realistic about it.”
“If somebody like, say, Aaron Rodgers got behind us, I think it would touch home for a lot more people,” said Seahawks defensive lineman Cliff Avril, whose team has chosen to lock arms while standing during the anthem. “At the same time, I see why they probably wouldn’t, because they don’t know what we’re going through. That’s one of those situations where it’s unfortunate.”
Don’t hold your breath.