Cleveland Browns Players Stop Protesting Anthem After Jim Brown Declares, ‘I Don’t Desecrate My Flag…Anthem’
By Craig Bannister | August 28, 2017 | 11:28 AM EDT
After a dozen Cleveland Browns players knelt in protest during the National Anthem at last Monday’s NFL preseason game, Jim Brown – the team’s legendary Hall-of-Famer – said he’d never disrespect his country’s flag. At yesterday’s game, every Browns player stood at attention during the Anthem.
In their game on August 21, 12 Browns players reportedly chose to take a knee in protest, despite the National Football League franchise’s official statement of respect for the United States and its flag.
Later that week, in an interview, Jim Brown said that players should keep their profession and their activism separate. Football players are paid well, and they should respect their country when they are on-camera or in a game, representing their employer, Brown said:
“If you’re a football player, play football. If you’re gonna be a real activist, use your money, use your notoriety.”
Brown said that he, personally, would never disrespect his country’s flag and anthem:
“I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
Generally speaking, when Black people have called for justice, the response from the public at large has been to ignore the issues they’re protesting and instead call for everybody to come together as one. These calls never actually address the core reason as to why protests have been happening. Instead, it tries to make everyone feel good while not having a real, genuine conversation of how we go about ending racism and improving the lives of Black people here in the United States. Calling for unity instead of truly working to create a fair, equal society lets certain groups off the hook and maintains the status quo. #AllLivesMatter-ing these issues is cowardly and speaks lowly to the people who go that route.