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President Trump tweeted again about the NFL protests. Early Saturday evening, Trump sent out this tweet: "Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!"
Six Bills defied the president and knelt during the playing of the anthem before Sunday's game at Atlanta. They were Jerel Worthy, Kaelin Clay, Shareece Wright, Mike Tolbert, Cedric Thornton and Taiwan Jones. Leonard Johnson stood next to those half dozen in a show of support.
No one knelt for the home Falcons. Three Miami Dolphins knelt before the game in London against the Saints.
There is surely lingering resentment about the president referring to any player who knelt to protest racial injustice a "son of a bitch" two weeks ago. Talking with Lorenzo Alexander made it clear to me that, in the eyes of African-Americans, that epithet is just short of calling them the "N" word.
I've been reading "Devil In The Grove," which chronicles Thurgood Marshall's fight against segregation in the late 1940s and early '50s. It recounts the NAACP's defense of four innocent young black men in Florida, who were wrongly accused of raping a white woman in Groveland.
At least one of those youths had served the country in World War II. Two of them were shot in cold blood by police. The "devil" in the story, a racist "bully lawman" sheriff named Willis McCall, used the SOB term repeatedly in his brutal treatment of the Groveland boys.
I've had emailers accuse me of being a wimp for supporting the players in their fight for social justice. I think more people should read their history and ask themselves how far we have come in the fight for equality – and why Trump's reaction to the white supremacists in Charlottesville was such an outrage.
That's what these protests are really about.