Letter to the Editor
What is the kneeling about?
Monday, May 28, 2018
Steve Kerr, coach of the NBA Golden State Warriors told it as it is!
President Donald Trump called the new policy to fine the team owners if players kneel “good” for the NFL and even went on to say of any player who kneels, “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”
Kerr blasted the NFL’s decision to implement such a policy and applauded the NBA’s handling of social justice matters.
“I’m proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech,” he said. “It’s about peaceful protesting. I think our leaders in the NBA understand that when an NFL player is kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality and to protest racial inequality. They weren’t disrespecting the flag or the military, but our president decided to make it about that and the NFL followed suit and pandered to their fan base by creating this hysteria.
“It’s kind of what’s wrong with our country. People in high places are trying to divide us, divide our loyalties, and make this about the flag, as if the flag is something other than what it really is. It’s a representation of what we’re about, which is diversity, peaceful protest and the right of free speech. So, it’s really ironic, actually, what the NFL is doing.”
That’s what the kneeling is about.
Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake