Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says that NFL players should voice their concerns about racial injustice without “alienating” people.
Whatever the players were trying to do in drawing attention to these issues, it’s gone another way now in that people have stopped listening to each other.
Indeed, the players’ “protest” could go no other way since their path centered on attacking our nation’s flag and anthem and insulting those who fought for what these symbolize.
The best form of protest against racial injustice, or any other form of injustice, is to succeed, loudly and publicly, despite the bigotry. Like folks like Condoleezza Rice; Muhammad Ali; Martin Luther King, Jr; Jackie Robinson; and a potful of others, including old, dead guys like Martin Luther, Galileo, et al., have done.
The second best form of protest is to protest the injustice itself rather than going off message to protest via something else in an effort to cutesify the message.