The Indianapolis Colts said in a statement Sunday that the team’s decision kneel during the playing of the National Anthem was a symbolic gesture intended to “bring attention to the issue of systemic racism and the injustice inherent therein.”
“TO BE CLEAR – we were not protesting the flag, the anthem, or the men and women who wear the uniform,” the statement said. “The timing of this action is meant to highlight that the presence, power, and oppression of racism remains inconsistent with the unity and freedoms of what it means to be an American.”
The statement added that kneeling was not “a posture of defiance,” but instead, one of humility, “taken by the White community – to acknowledge the injustice and inequality that is present, and to find the courage and resolve to make the changes needed.”
WIBC host Tony Katz commented on the Colts’ statement Monday morning.
“I will say that with regard to taking a knee as a posture of humility by the white community, I’m pretty sure that you only humble yourself before God. I will never allow that statement to apply to me or my children. I would never allow my children to take a knee. And if an organization wants to think that’s wrong and that I’m not showing enough humility, okay that’s fine. Have a nice day. That’s the path that you have chosen.
“I think it’s important to note, however, that the people not buying into this includes Colin Kaepernick. He is slamming what we are seeing in the NFL and saying, ‘It’s just posturing.’ Okay.
“I’m curious to see the ratings and whether or not America is watching. But I’m not going to get worked up about it. This is the decision that the Colts have made, fine. The fans and the businesses can do with it what they will.”
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick said Sunday that NFL social justice initiatives were “propaganda.”
“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick wrote on Twitter.
“Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”
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