Michael Bennett Comments on Need for Diversity in National Anthem Protests

September 23, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL players have been protesting social injustice in different forms during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" in recent weeks, and Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett believes the message would be amplified by diversity.
Specifically, Bennett told the Seattle Times' Matt Calkins on Thursday that he believes a protest from a white player would go a long way.
"You need a white guy to join the fight. The white guy is super important to the fight," 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."
As Calkins noted, plenty of NFL players have knelt or raised their fists during the anthem. However, none of them have been white.
"If somebody like, say, Aaron Rodgers got behind us, I think it would touch home for a lot more people," Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril said. "At the sa...

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