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Letter: NFL players are attempting to shine a light on injustices

NFL players are attempting to shine a light on injustices

First of all, how does Douglas Turner judge the NFL’s decision to do nothing about players’ kneeling as wise? The lack of definitive direction lends itself to the expression that you are either part of the solution or part of the problem.

Second, NFL players are not engaged in civil disobedience. They are exercising a constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom of expression.

White privilege is real and until it becomes fully recognized and admitted we, as black Americans, will have to engage in various tactics (at times discomfiting) to shine a light on the injustices we face every day.

Thirdly, he dares to put forth the issue of Michael Brown and the unjust verdict rendered into his discussion. Turner does not get to bring up Brown without speaking of Patrick Harmon, Alton Sterling, Sam DuBose, Terence Crutcher, Bruce Warrick, Walter Scott, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Dontre Hamilton, Ezell Ford, John Crawford, Tanisha Andrews, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Tony Robinson, Jerame Reid, Eric Harris and many others murdered, including all the unnamed black men who hung from trees all over these United States.

I’ve got no more to say. After writing those names, I am tearful, angry and emotionally drained.

Martha M. Connor


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