NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s “time to move on letter” to end the anthem protests is a lot like the 1963 letter from eight prominent Birmingham clergy urging the black community to stand down and stop protesting. That prompted Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from the Birmingham Jail.
Goodell wrote, “We need to move past this controversy” and do that “together with our players,” 70 percent of whom are black. In other words, Goodell is calling the protests “unwise and untimely,” as the critics of Dr. King characterized his activities. These players need to take a stand and defy Goodell’s wishes.
— ABC News (@ABC) October 10, 2017
The letter from the Birmingham clergy stated: “We further strongly urge our own Negro community to withdraw support from these demonstrations, and to unite locally in working peacefully for a better Birmingham. When rights are consistently denied, a cause should be pressed in the courts and in negotiations among local leaders, and not in the streets. We appeal to both our white and Negro citizenry to observe the principles of law and order and common sense.”
Dr. King responded: “You deplore the demonstrations taking place In Birmingham. But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstrations. I am sure that none of you would want to rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with effects and does not grapple with underlying causes. It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place in Birmingham, but it is even more unfortunate that the city’s white power structure left the Negro community with no alternative.”
The NFL leaders and owners are kowtowing to a racist bully named Donald Trump, who never served his country or anyone else one day in his miserable life. We will not be silenced. This protest was never about flag or the national anthem, but about the racism that still exists in this country and the incidents of police brutality against black men and women. #StayWoke and engaged.