Beto O’Rourke Defending NFL Players Who Kneel During The National Anthem
‘I can think of nothing more American.’ — Beto O'Rourke — the man taking on Ted Cruz — brilliantly explains why NFL players kneeling during the anthem is not disrespectful pic.twitter.com/bEqOAYpxEL
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[Beto O’Rourke Defending NFL Players Who Kneel During The National Anthem]
This Texas rep was asked if he agreed with NFL players taking a knee
His answer was perfect.
[Beto O’Rourke:] Source: LYBIO.net
I kind of wanted to know how you personally felt about how disrespectful it is, like, you have the NFL players kneeling during the national anthems. I wanted to know if you found that disrespectful to our country, to our veterans and anybody related to that. I find it incredibly frustrating that people seem to be okay with that. And I would just like to hear your input.
Rep. Beto O’Rourke
SENATE CANDIDATE (D-TX)
[Beto O’Rourke:] Source: LYBIO.net
Thank you. Thanks for a great question, again, on a really tough issue that, if we don’t talk about, is not going to get better. And the question is how do you feel about NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem? And is it disrespectful to this country, to the flag, to the service members who are right there tonight, where it is tonight in Afghanistan, and those former service members, retirees, and veterans who are here with us today? Thank you each of the your service.
My short answer is no, I don’t think it’s disrespectful. Here’s my longer answer, but I’m gonna try to make sure that I get this right because I think it’s a really important question. And reasonable people can disagree on this issue, lets begin there.
And it makes them no less American to come down on a different conclusion on this issue, right? You can feel as the young man does, you can feel as I do, you’re every bit as American, all the same. But I’m reminded – somebody mentioned reading the Taylor Branch book. You did. “Parting the Waters: [America] in the King Years.” And when you read that book and find out what Dr. King and this non-violent, peaceful movement to secure better – cause they didn’t get full – civil rights for their fellow Americans, the challenges that they face – those who died in Philadelphia, Mississippi for the crime of trying to be a man, trying to be a woman in this country, the young girls who died in the church bombing, those who were beaten within an inch of their life crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, with John Lewis, those who were punched in the face, spat upon, dragged out by their collar at the Woolworth lunch counter for sitting with white people at the same lunch counter, in the same country where their fathers may have bled the same blood on the battlefields of Omaha Beach, or Okinawa, or anywhere that anyone ever served this country.
The freedoms that we have were purchased not just by those in uniform, and they definitely were. But also by those who took their lives into their hands riding those Greyhound buses, the Freedom Riders in the deep South in the 1960s who knew full well that they would be arrested, and they were, serving time in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Rosa Parks getting from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Peaceful, non-violent protests, including taking a knee at a football game to point out that Black men, unarmed, Black teenagers, unarmed, and Black children, unarmed, are being killed at a frightening level right now, including by members of law enforcement, without accountability and without justice.
And this problem – as grave as it is – is not gonna fix itself and they’re frustrated, frankly with people like me, and those in positions of public trust and power who have been unable to resolve this, or bring justice for what has been done, and to stop it from continuing to happen in this country. And so non-violently, peacefully, while the eyes of this country are watching these games, they take a knee to bring our attention and our focus to this problem to ensure that we fix it. That is why they’re doing it and I can think of nothing more American than to peacefully stand-up, or take a knee, for your rights anytime, anywhere, any place.
So thank you very much for asking the question.
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