Another disappointing situation involving the death of another African-American man, George Floyd, due to the police’s mishandling, has drawn much ire. It’s brought more disgruntlement and anger toward that continued injustice that minorities, especially the black community, face daily in what is a never-ending cycle. The conversation has shifted over to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to kneel during the national anthem. What it has also brought forth is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees‘ seemingly ignorant stance concerning that action that he still doesn’t fully comprehend.
Why Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel
Back before the 2016 season, Colin Kaepernick decided to go the path of kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to the social injustice that minorities continue to face.
Kaepernick drew much push back nationally with many believing he was disrespecting the flag. That included President Donald Trump being quite vocal about the situation in a strong and negative manner. The conversation moved away from what the star quarterback was attempting to bring attention to — the plight of what many minorities, primarily African-Americans, are dealing with unfair treatment from law enforcement — and onto something else entirely.
That fueled the perception that Kaepernick was becoming a distraction, leading to more national attention around his push for equal treatment for all and significant change in the justice system in the United States. Instead, it created a misconception of the entire movement that Kaepernick was trying to help create lasting change. It’s a movement that Drew Brees still doesn’t comprehend.
Drew Brees’ stance on kneeling
In the time that has passed since Colin Kaepernick decided to kneel during the 2016 season, Drew Brees has taken a firm stance; he won’t agree with anybody that kneels and disrespects the flag.
The NFL could see that push toward players kneeling in the 2020 season in the wake of the George Floyd situation. During a recent interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees made it clear once again that he will not agree with anybody that decides to go that route. (H/T Yahoo Sports)
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.
“So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about,” Brees said. “And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not.”
“We still have a long way to go,” Brees continued. “But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
Brees is still standing firm to the stance he has held for the last few years as he sees kneeling as a sign of disrespect to the United States flag and military. Nothing has changed on that front for him in any manner.
Drew Brees doesn’t understand message and fooled by misconception
In response to these comments making public airways, Drew Brees has caught plenty of flak for his stance.
His Instagram post about unity during this time has been blasted because of the believed emptiness in his statement. It all goes back to his strong stance against kneeling during the national anthem as a sign of disrespect.
That alone is an ignorant stance to take for many reasons, as it doesn’t show disrespect. Kaepernick was instructed to head that route by Green Beret Nate Boyer, who told him it was something that soldiers due in front of a fallen brother’s grave to show respect. It would be making an incorrect leap to suggest it’s protesting against the flag as there are no negative gestures such as flipping off the flag, cursing at the flag, or turning his back.
It’s hard to push away from the notion that there is ignorance behind that sentiment toward kneeling. There is no other way to put it, and that mindset has been a part of the injustice that the black community and minorities in the United States continue to face. Massive change is needed to get past these social issues.