Eric Reid on decision to kneel with Colin Kaepernick: “It’s bigger than football”

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Eric Reid may not feel oppressed, and he may not have agreed with the way Colin Kaepernick made his original point.

But he felt an obligation to a teammate, and that was why he took a knee next to Kaepernick during the national anthem last night.

Via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the 49ers safety said the larger point his quarterback was making was the one that moved him.

“He is taking advantage of the platform that he’s given to bring awareness to a worthy cause,” Reid said. “What’s more American than that?

This time, Kaepernick didn’t retreat to the bench, but took a knee near the sideline, and Reid took a knee next to him.

“It’s something that’s been on my mind all week and after talking to Colin many times, I talked to him today before the game,” Reid said. “People thought it was disrespectful for him to sit down. He was able to decide, ‘What if we took a knee instead of sitting?’

“And that came off as more respectful to the country, to the anthem, to the military. And I agree with that. It shows that he hears that people were hurt by him sitting, but he still believes in the cause that he wants to bring awareness to. So he changed his physical position from sitting down to take a knee to still show respect.”

That position might have become modified in part because of his contact with former Green Beret Nate Boyer, who met with Kaepernick for 90 minutes to talk about the issue, and stood next to them as the anthem played.

By taking a knee, Reid said, it was possible to both show respect for the military, but to continue Kaepernick’s message about police brutality, and the lack of true equality for minorities in this country. It hit home in particular for the Louisiana native and LSU product, as Baton Rouge was where Alton Sterling was shot and killed this summer while being detained by two police officers.

“I don’t personally feel oppressed, but there are things that have happened in this country that have touched very close to home for me — the situation in Louisiana,” Reid said. “I grew up around that. But this is a responsibility that he feels and a responsibility that I feel as well. It’s bigger than football.”

And as discussion continues about Kaepernick’s controversial decision, perhaps that point won’t be lost in chatter that veers to the military and socks.

115 responses to “Eric Reid on decision to kneel with Colin Kaepernick: “It’s bigger than football”

  1. I don’t know the answer to this question, but have Kaepernick and Reid spent their time and money trying to improve these situations, or have they just tried to “bring awareness” to it. There are better ways to improve the problem that sitting, or kneeling during the anthem or wearing controversial socks during practice. All that does is further divide people. It’s very counterproductive.

  2. We definitely get to see who the idiots are. It’s only a matter of time before the NFL losers viewers and sponsors. If they weren’t so leftest/anti-american they would suspend them for conduct detrimental to the league. I hope this blows up in the league’s face and they pay a heavy price for encouraging it by doing nothing to stop it.

  3. Martin Luther King wasn’t popular with all, and he still isn’t with some. But he led a march and many people followed. Kaepernick is the leader of another march, and his popularity is already growing. There are going to be a lot of people who admire a guy who could just sit back and count his money, yet goes out and puts his own neck on the line for the benefit of others. Like it or not, those are the people we make heroes out of. Those guys often get crucified, literally and figuratively.

  4. You seem to think you and your buddy are football players, LOL, who put that idea in your head? the half breed, LOL, If you are paid millions to play football then nothing should be bigger than football

  5. Did he wear matching “PIG” socks with Kaepernick too. Seems like the “altruistic” motives Kaepernick had aren’t as advertised. Seems like he is more interested in calling people names and being a part of the problem, not part of the solution. Could you imagine the sensation that would be created if a police officer wore socks with the “N” word on it?

  6. And hopefully the decision for other teams/owners to not sign these two after they’re cut will be a decision that’s bigger than football.

  7. PFT’s army of angry old white men are still up in arms over a football player exercising his 1st amendment rights and skewing the message to fit their narrow minded view….

  8. Maybe if everyone who is proud of this country’s freedoms should stop watching the NFL games to show our side. For me, I will be watching LOTS of college ball this weekend.

  9. It’s this simple. Until black communities are willing to admit and work on fixing their issues, nothing is going to change. You can’t always play the victim and do nothing on your end to make change happen.

  10. Free Speech is easy for cowards who comment anonymously on website.

    Its not so easy for people who feel that they should risk their positions in order to bring attention to issues of importance.

    Colin >(braver)>PFT readers

  11. 49’ers left one bad apple in their barrel… and not the rot is spreading. Should’ve have taken a stance before Kap infected the whole team… good luck with that, now.

  12. It’s his right to freedom of expression. Too many people trying to spin it from its intended message. That’s what they do…deflect from the real issue. But as we all know, the constitution doesn’t apply to everyone which makes it useless.

  13. If players want to support a cause, it’s their right. BUT NOT DURING NFL GAMES!!! Do what you want on your own time!!! By allowing this behavior inside the NFL workplace the NFL is in fact endorsing their opinions. These guys should be fined and then be billed for advertising minutes the same as any other political message is.

  14. ” There are better ways to improve the problem that sitting, or kneeling during the anthem or wearing controversial socks during practice.”

    The entire country is talking about it at the moment. Discussions have and currently are taking place on a national level.

    So no, you’re wrong.

  15. And the tumor based on lies grows, only because the 49ers and NFL mgmt. are too slow and too dumb to see how this is affecting the perception of their sport. Can’t wait for robots (AI) to be on the field playing against one another instead of misguided and uneducated human players.

  16. xinellum says:
    Sep 2, 2016 7:33 AM
    Did he wear matching “PIG” socks with Kaepernick too. Seems like the “altruistic” motives Kaepernick had aren’t as advertised. Seems like he is more interested in calling people names and being a part of the problem, not part of the solution. Could you imagine the sensation that would be created if a police officer wore socks with the “N” word on it?
    ____________________________
    Why wear socks when you can Glock?
    #think

  17. “It’s this simple. Until black communities are willing to admit and work on fixing their issues, nothing is going to change. You can’t always play the victim and do nothing on your end to make change happen.”

    Just because our protesting or trying to make a difference in our own community doesn’t make national news, doesn’t mean where not trying, idiot.

    Things like that don’t make the national news.

  18. The main ones who disagree with Kaep’s stance are the same ones who don’t think there’s a race problem OR don’t care there’s a race problem… And, that’s the problem.

    Because if they did care, the man wouldn’t have a reason to put a knee down during the anthem…

  19. Chicago had 90 murders in August but that’s ok because it is blacks killing blacks. That is ONE city. That is ONE month! No black lives matter marches or football player protests that I see. This is sheer hypocrisy. By the way, more whites are murdered by cops. What exactly is kapernicks cause? He must be paid to stir up the racial pot because the facts don’t fit his protest.

  20. tonebones says:
    Sep 2, 2016 7:27 AM
    Martin Luther King wasn’t popular with all, and he still isn’t with some. But he led a march and many people followed. Kaepernick is the leader of another march, and his popularity is already growing. There are going to be a lot of people who admire a guy who could just sit back and count his money, yet goes out and puts his own neck on the line for the benefit of others. Like it or not, those are the people we make heroes out of. Those guys often get crucified, literally and figuratively.
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    @tonebones-did you seriously just compare Kap with Martin Luther King, Jr??? MLK fought for equal rights and actual oppression, Kap is just seeking attention and working out his father issues…

  21. “It’s this simple. Until black communities are willing to admit and work on fixing their issues, nothing is going to change. You can’t always play the victim and do nothing on your end to make change happen.”

    The media doesn’t want you to see the town halls, protests, and meetings against the violence in the Black communities. They don’t want you to see the neighborhood watch walking the neighborhoods at night in the Black communities. Why don’t you come down and lend a hand? Blacks don’t play “victim”. It’s our reality, and you can’t handle that. You would rather shoot your bogus rhetoric than lend a hand though right. Put your boots on the ground in those areas, then you have the right to tell people what to do.

  22. Not only a lack of respect but your are at your job working not making a statement for Kap’s partner or wife who has her own agenda…. Racial divide…. Not unity of people

  23. Once again you have morons crying that “old white people” are trying to take away this idiots first amendment rights. I have not seen one person say they want Kap jailed or beaten or worse. Everyone acknowledges that he has the right to do this. That doesn’t mean we don’t have the right to criticize. Please don’t post if you can’t understand this simple concept.

  24. To Eric Reid – Take a look at what’s happening RIGHT NOW in your home state of Louisiana. Thousands of people were flooded out of their homes…and who was there to rescue them, take care of their families, and provide food and shelter….that would be the same police that you and that weasel Kaepernick are protesting about. Do you have some cop shaming socks also Eric?

    We here in Baton Rouge have rescued hundreds of victims of the flood, and no matter what the race, color, or social strata of that particular victim, they got equal assistance. Now this “stance” that you choose to take with this weasel is exactly why two nutjobs chose to assassinate five officers in Dallas, and three more in Baton Rouge..and you have the nerve to collaborate with someone that supports that position? You just spit on all those first responders that helped out the victims in Baton Rouge…and everywhere else that victims need help…and police risk their lives to assist.

  25. Do some black neighborhoods need,yes. Do some white areas need the same work, yes. Being white, there are plenty of black areas I can’t go to and visa versa. Racism is a learned behavior. We could all use a good look in the mirror. He has a right to not stand just as I have a right to think he could have found a better and more nuanced way to express himself. This was a bad idea that is making things worse . And please don’t use the house on fire analogy. There is no comparison between stuff and a human life.

  26. I don’t care how these guys spin it. They are anti-American and only care because it gives them this publicity.

  27. “He is taking advantage of the platform that he’s given to bring awareness to a worthy cause,” Reid said. “What’s more American than that?”
    =================================

    Bring awareness? Who at this point isn’t aware? His actions do nothing for “the cause”. Is he planning on actually doing something constructive in the future? What’s less American than saying our flag represents oppression? That sounds like terrorists talking about us.

  28. tx526 says:
    Sep 2, 2016 7:43 AM

    Maybe if everyone who is proud of this country’s freedoms should stop watching the NFL games to show our side. For me, I will be watching LOTS of college ball this weekend.

    Good. More NFL for REAL Americans.

  29. I have been pretty critical of Kaep squatting like a girl to “make a stand.” I get his position and I myself have been very aware of police misconduct for 4 years now. The irony is that the military folks I spend time with don’t like police misconduct either.

    But taking a knee is much better to me. It is a compromise I can live with. The only problem is “okay Kaep, but what now?”

  30. tonebones says:
    Sep 2, 2016 7:27 AM
    Martin Luther King wasn’t popular with all, and he still isn’t with some. But he led a march and many people followed. Kaepernick is the leader of another march, and his popularity is already growing.
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    Hoping that your comparison of Kaepernick to Martin Luther King s another example of internet hyperbole because if it is meant to be taken seriously it is appalling.
    You would not have found Dr. King wearing a Castro t-shirt or pig socks, he certainly knew that being divisive is not the way to unite people.

  31. mascadcar says:
    Sep 2, 2016 9:00 AM
    Why is it more whites are killed by police than blacks…even though each race commits about half the violent crime?
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    FACTUALLY INCORRECT.
    Why are you so afraid?

  32. Ok, I have heard enough of this crap. Here’s what the teams need to start doing. Players….you are expected to stand and honor the flag being a representative of the team.

    I respect your opinion but if you refuse to stand. You will NOT play football on that day and you WILL NOT get pad.

    Where is the league commissioner on this one? Only until the fans start boycotting the products that are advertised and supported by the NFL will he even consider doing something that makes sense in his position.

  33. If you want to help oppressed inner city poor, stop voting Democrat. Every single one of these cities has been run by Democrats for decades. Race relations always get far worse when they are in power for the same reason.

  34. There sure are a lot of people wrapping themselves in the flag around here. You talk about freedoms and rights but ignore that they are slipping away from everyone and never truly existed for many. But keep on with your ‘Merica while continuing to vote against your own best interest and support unjust wars and policies of oppression. Just don’t come complaining when you are the subject of oppression. I hate the 49ers, but Kap is right on this one and has taken his responsibility as a citizen to question our government seriously and I commend him for that.

  35. This is all crap, 100x more blacks are killed by blacks than cops,, u address that issue ,then we can worry about the few blacks killed a year unjustly by leo. Black leaders talk about dialogue, dialogue, but they dont want to listen, they want to tell you what you should do, they also dont address the culture issue which drives so many of these problems. U want less interaction with leo, behave and dont break laws, pretty simple. Raise your children ,men. Pretty simple. Go to school. Pretty simple. Get a job ,produce a product,, pretty simple.

  36. Martin Luther King didn’t get famous overnight. Kaepernick has only been out there for about a week. Time will tell how far this goes. I can already hear the public opinions starting to turn in Kaepernick’s favor, as a lot of well respected public people are beginning to have an intelligent conversation about this stuff. We can plug our ears if we like. That’s our choice as free Americans. But the conversation is out there. A lot of veterans are supporting Colin too. This thing is just getting started. All the schools that are named after MLK didn’t happen the first week he was out there.

  37. byHim4u says:
    Sep 2, 2016 8:45 AM
    The main ones who disagree with Kaep’s stance are the same ones who don’t think there’s a race problem OR don’t care there’s a race problem… And, that’s the problem.

    Because if they did care, the man wouldn’t have a reason to put a knee down during the anthem…

    ________________________________________

    I could not disagree with you more. I am totally against what Kaepernick and others are doing and I am fully aware there’s a race problem in this country. You want to hear the truth? As Jack Nicholson said, “you can’t handle the truth!” Well, let’s see if you can:
    The truth is, the race problem stems from hard working white people being tired of handing their hard earned money over to people who don’t want to work and have multiple children while they are on government assistance. Those people have been in the revolving door of government assistance for so long, they think they are entitled to it. Most of those are minorities. Check the facts.
    They are also sick and tired of the high crime rate in this country, most of which is caused by minorities. Check the facts.
    They are also tired of seeing illegal aliens (they are not immigrants!) come into this country and be handed the keys to the car! It’s ridiculous!! They get more benefits than elderly Americans — black and white — who worked hard all their lives! And then they have the nerve to protest when someone says they should be arrested and deported for breaking the law! Do I have to tell you where most of them are from? Again, check the facts.
    Whites are also sick and tired of being blanketed as racists because they are tired of those things. Check the facts.
    Yes, there is racism in this country. I am a white guy and I feel it and hear it every day from minorities who are prejudiced toward me because I am a white guy who’s worked all my life to try to give my family a good life, while I’ve never abused alcohol, done drugs, pimped women, robbed anyone, or murdered anyone. And I’ve helped many people in my life — of all colors.
    So count me in as a white guy who’s sick and tired of being labeled a racist because of the actions of a very few toward blacks and because I disagree with the liberal, socialist ideals which are tearing this country down.
    And don’t preach to me about “the system”, either. The system is out of wack because we keep electing these bleeding heart liberals who pretend to be so caring, but only serve to foster the socialist system they created which has in fact kept minorities down since LBJ’s “Great Society”. Well, let me ask you — has it worked????
    The good news is, the black people I know are just like I am. They are good, hard-working people who are as sick and tired of the empty barrels making all the noise as I am. And if they say what I am saying, they’ll be labeled an “Uncle Tom” by many blacks. Check the facts.
    That’s the truth from a 64 year old white guy who doesn’t have a prejudiced bone in his body. What I do have is anger toward people who take from the system and don’t contribute anything positive, then tear the country down while they demand more. And I don’t care what color they are, if they do that I am angry at them.
    I am also angry that English is becoming our second language. Why have Spanish speaking people been given special treatment that no other nation’s immigrants ever have gotten — that they don’t have to learn to speak English if they choose to live here? My ancestors were from Germany and my wife’s were from Italy. They had to learn English — no one bent over backwards for them!
    So there you have my opinion, if Florio’s hatchet men will let me voice it. I’ve been censored so many times in here trying to voice my opinion, I feel as if I’m living in China instead of America.
    If you disagree with me, fine. It’s what makes America great. But how about we stand with our hands over our hearts looking at the flag while the National Anthem is played and then sit down together and see what we can do together to stop all this divisiveness that people like Kaepernick are causing? If he truly wants to bring the races together, he’s going about it the wrong way.
    Unlike many politicians, football owners, and the Commissioner of the NFL, I am not afraid to speak the truth as I see it. Hopefully, Florio’s hatchet men will allow me the opportunity to do that.

  38. This just in, white America hates when blacks stand up or speak out against injustice. I wonder why?

    More news at 12

  39. demskinsbaby says:
    Sep 2, 2016 8:35 AM
    “It’s this simple. Until black communities are willing to admit and work on fixing their issues, nothing is going to change. You can’t always play the victim and do nothing on your end to make change happen.”

    Just because our protesting or trying to make a difference in our own community doesn’t make national news, doesn’t mean where not trying, idiot.

    Things like that don’t make the national news.

    ————–
    When 70% of black kids have only a single parent involved in their lives then you are not trying very hard….. Real men raise their kids.

  40. staff2cj: Actually everyone hates it when you cherry pick one “injustice” and then ignore all the rest. We both know you could care less about injustice unless it suits your political agenda.

  41. gdalehogdogger says:
    Sep 2, 2016 9:32 AM
    This is all crap, 100x more blacks are killed by blacks than cops,, u address that issue ,then we can worry about the few blacks killed a year unjustly by leo. Black leaders talk about dialogue, dialogue, but they dont want to listen, they want to tell you what you should do, they also dont address the culture issue which drives so many of these problems. U want less interaction with leo, behave and dont break laws, pretty simple. Raise your children ,men. Pretty simple. Go to school. Pretty simple. Get a job ,produce a product,, pretty simple.

    Wow this is ignorant. We know that black on black crime happens. That’s NOT what this is about. We know that all lives matter. But the system does not. So right now Black Lives Matter more than anyone or anything until the system grants equality. To point all this stuff out is very ignorant and to only say a few is even more. Travon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Freddy Gray the list goes on and on. What about all of the victims who were unjustly jailed because of weed? They get 5 years and a rapist white swimmer gets 60 days.

    This is the America you want us to salute?

  42. niners are going to stink. and kaep and reid are 2 reasons. whether they sit, kneel or stand…they can’t play.

    plus their coach stinks too. as does their starting qb.

  43. Hey Eric, Evidently you feel the protest for something you feel strongly about is more important than what we pay you big bucks for.

    A real man would prove his conviction by quitting the sport and becoming what you evidently want to be, a protesting community activist.

    Maybe we can get one of the folks leading the burning of stores to take your position — they talk very tough.

  44. The caucasian guy got 60 days in jail FOR RAPE…..after America was stolen, the constitution was created by Caucasians for Caucasians

  45. staff2cj says:
    Sep 2, 2016 10:11 AM
    The caucasian guy got 60 days in jail FOR RAPE…..after America was stolen, the constitution was created by Caucasians for Caucasians

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    Who or what is stopping you from achieving everything you want in life? I will tell you…..you are.

    My girlfriend was born in and grew up in Communist Romania. She moved here shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. She laughs when people say they have no opportunities in America….. Somehow she managed to go from having nothing and not speaking English to being one of the most articulate people I know and working while putting herself through school to get an MBA.

    So again son, what is stopping you?

  46. My wife came here from Thailand barely able to speak English. Now she has a good job, a car, a health plan, high limit credit card, etc. If she can do whats holding black people back?

  47. These guys protesting need to praise our Military, but after hearing how that rapist from Stanford is out after 3 months I can see their point. Black men are getting killed for being pulled over. Well to do White men rape women and get out after 3 months. That is not justice, they need to stand against our judicial system that keeps non violent offenders in jail and bad ones out. Then the cops get trigger happy knowing all the violent ones are on the streets. And guess what, our judicial system is part of that flag…

  48. Conservatives: I hate this PC world where everyone is offended so easily.

    (Player kneels during National Anthem)

    Conservatives: I’M OFFENDED!!!

    -Military Veteran

  49. Who or what is stopping you from achieving everything you want in life? I will tell you…..you are.

    My girlfriend was born in and grew up in Communist Romania. She moved here shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. She laughs when people say they have no opportunities in America….. Somehow she managed to go from having nothing and not speaking English to being one of the most articulate people I know and working while putting herself through school to get an MBA.

    So again son, what is stopping you?

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    Gonna take a wild guess that she’s white.

  50. A real man would prove his conviction by quitting the sport and becoming what you evidently want to be, a protesting community activist.

    ————————–

    Exactly, I can’t take anyone serious unless they quit their job.

  51. Who or what is stopping you from achieving everything you want in life? I will tell you…..you are.

    My girlfriend was born in and grew up in Communist Romania. She moved here shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. She laughs when people say they have no opportunities in America….. Somehow she managed to go from having nothing and not speaking English to being one of the most articulate people I know and working while putting herself through school to get an MBA.

    So again son, what is stopping you?

    Your privledge is getting the better of you here. She was Russian and her family was from Russia. Our families are not from the US. 400 years ago they were taken in the middle of the night and thrown into slavery. Communist Russia they still got food. They weren’t killed because of skin color. This is the worst point of all. When she goes into a store does she get looked at different or get rushed out due to her skin color? Jim Crowe never left its just under a different name.

    Black Lives Matter more than anything

  52. NFL Checklist
    1) Players Tweeting pics of cops getting their throat slashed – Check
    2) Players wearing pig socks depicting cops – Check
    3) Players disrespecting America – Check

    Quite an off-season NFL.

  53. savethebs says:
    Sep 2, 2016 10:35 AM
    Conservatives: I hate this PC world where everyone is offended so easily.

    (Player kneels during National Anthem)

    Conservatives: I’M OFFENDED!!!

    -Military Veteran

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    Priceless. Thanks for that.

  54. thermalito says:
    Sep 2, 2016 10:27 AM
    My wife came here from Thailand barely able to speak English. Now she has a good job, a car, a health plan, high limit credit card, etc. If she can do whats holding black people back?

    Again, someone else who does not get it. We are never given a fair shake. It’s not an excuse it’s fact. People who immigrated from other countries came here by choice. 400 years ago was not by choice. People from Thailand can still trace lineage. They aren’t rushed out of stores and people don’t discriminate against them on a daily basis. Black Lives Matter.

  55. flaccojumpball says:
    Sep 2, 2016 10:43 AM
    Who or what is stopping you from achieving everything you want in life? I will tell you…..you are.

    My girlfriend was born in and grew up in Communist Romania. She moved here shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. She laughs when people say they have no opportunities in America….. Somehow she managed to go from having nothing and not speaking English to being one of the most articulate people I know and working while putting herself through school to get an MBA.

    So again son, what is stopping you?

    Your privledge is getting the better of you here. She was Russian and her family was from Russia. Our families are not from the US. 400 years ago they were taken in the middle of the night and thrown into slavery. Communist Russia they still got food. They weren’t killed because of skin color. This is the worst point of all. When she goes into a store does she get looked at different or get rushed out due to her skin color? Jim Crowe never left its just under a different name.

    Black Lives Matter more than anything

    ———–
    A) I said Romanian……

    B) Your continual play of the victim card over things that occurred 400 years ago is a big part of your problem.

    And I would remind you that 400 years ago it was your own people who captured you in the middle of the night and sold you as slaves….

  56. nobody is saying they should be put in jail for not standing for the national anthem, but the same rights that allow them to not stand allow me to think he is ignorant

  57. If it’s bigger than football, then perhaps he could explain why he’s using a football game to push his agenda.

    Still no talk of these two clowns about all the black lives lost in the gang violence in the inner cities of our nation, especially Chicago. I guess the only black lives that matter are those taken by white police officers. I guess they are fine with black criminals killing other blacks.

  58. nyneal says:
    Sep 2, 2016 9:42 AM
    byHim4u says:
    Sep 2, 2016 8:45 AM
    The main ones who disagree with Kaep’s stance are the same ones who don’t think there’s a race problem OR don’t care there’s a race problem… And, that’s the problem.

    Because if they did care, the man wouldn’t have a reason to put a knee down during the anthem…

    ________________________________________

    I could not disagree with you more. I am totally against what Kaepernick and others are doing and I am fully aware there’s a race problem in this country. You want to hear the truth? As Jack Nicholson said, “you can’t handle the truth!” Well, let’s see if you can:
    The truth is, the race problem stems from hard working white people being tired of handing their hard earned money over to people who don’t want to work and have multiple children while they are on government assistance. Those people have been in the revolving door of government assistance for so long, they think they are entitled to it. Most of those are minorities. Check the facts.
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    The truth is that government assistance has only been in existence for 60 years or so. The race problem, however, has existed for far longer and in no way is the product of something that came along 100 years later.

  59. The users of PFT are some of the most hateful people I’ve ever seen on any site. It’s both hilarious and sad how many of you care about what Colin Kaepernick does with his life. Congrats guys!

  60. These two will help the situation by “bringing awareness” to it, whatever that means as the country already is very aware of the false narrative that’s been shoved down our throats by the media and celebrities.
    Why couldn’t they just stick to liking racist posts on Facebook and Instagram and keep it out of our football games?

  61. flaccojumpball: No YOU don’t get it. Sounds like the victim olympics to me. My wife couldn’t even speak English when she got here, but somehow youre blaming black’s failures on 400 years ago? And why is it so important to trace your lineage back? Everyone in North America has a near untraceable lineage. Black people are rushed out of stores? Thats funny I was just shopping at WalMart yesterday and there were lots of blacks in the store and none of them were getting rushed out. Many of them were actually employees there. Quit blaming all your problems and failures on everyone else. You have MORE than a fair shake but even thats not enough. Black people are the cause of their own problems in this country.

  62. I am also angry that English is becoming our second language. Why have Spanish speaking people been given special treatment that no other nation’s immigrants ever have gotten — that they don’t have to learn to speak English if they choose to live here? My ancestors were from Germany and my wife’s were from Italy. They had to learn English — no one bent over backwards for them!
    So there you have my opinion, if Florio’s hatchet men will let me voice it. I’ve been censored so many times in here trying to voice my opinion, I feel as if I’m living in China instead of America.
    If you disagree with me, fine. It’s what makes America great. But how about we stand with our hands over our hearts looking at the flag while the National Anthem is played and then sit down together and see what we can do together to stop all this divisiveness that people like Kaepernick are causing? If he truly wants to bring the races together, he’s going about it the wrong way.
    Unlike many politicians, football owners, and the Commissioner of the NFL, I am not afraid to speak the truth as I see it. Hopefully, Florio’s hatchet men will allow me the opportunity to do that.
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    nyneal, I truly hope you get to read my post!! Your post is the best post I have EVER seen on PFT. I feel EXACTLY as you do. There is not 1 word in your post with which I disagree!!!! I did not copy and paste all of it, due to its length and I am VERY surprised it did not get deleted. Most of mine do get deleted, if it does not fit the agenda here; however, if you watch carefully, you will notice it is not "hatchet men", rather "hatchet Man". Sad, as I do enjoy the info on this site, but censoring is uncalled for. I think sometimes many are not of, or close to our generation, and have not experienced what we have experienced! Well said, Sir, well said!!!! (hope, once again, this is not deleted ;( )

  63. savethebs says:
    Sep 2, 2016 10:37 AM
    Who or what is stopping you from achieving everything you want in life? I will tell you…..you are.

    My girlfriend was born in and grew up in Communist Romania. She moved here shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. She laughs when people say they have no opportunities in America….. Somehow she managed to go from having nothing and not speaking English to being one of the most articulate people I know and working while putting herself through school to get an MBA.

    So again son, what is stopping you?

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    Gonna take a wild guess that she’s white.

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    She is…..but she has zero sense of entitlement and doesn’t see herself as a victim.

  64. nhpats: The victim olympics on full display. It doesn’t seem to matter to them others come here with limited or no english skills, no knowledge of western culture, limited or no education and no money. Human suffering only matters when they can use it as a battering ram to vilify police officers, white people or the US.

  65. ————
    She is…..but she has zero sense of entitlement and doesn’t see herself as a victim.

    But she IS White. Doesn’t matter entitlement. She is privledged. You both are. Your privledged to be white in America and not have people look at you like you’re about to rob them.

  66. Amidst all this… where is the President????
    After 8 years where is the President and his justice dept.?
    Where is Eric Holder and his replacement?If things are so bad for blacks,why hasn’t the President and justice dept. done something after 8 years?
    Is not the president accountable for the state of the USA??

  67. dcpatfan says:
    Sep 2, 2016 8:18 AM
    I love it.
    Wingers ripe with fear.

    _________________________________________

    Has anyone told the rocket surgeon that it is “Rife” ?

  68. absolutevisuals says:
    Sep 2, 2016 8:24 AM
    ” There are better ways to improve the problem that sitting, or kneeling during the anthem or wearing controversial socks during practice.”

    The entire country is talking about it at the moment. Discussions have and currently are taking place on a national level.

    So no, you’re wrong.

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    Talk is cheap as are empty gestures. Lot’s of hot air out there but in the end not even one mind will be changed.

  69. myworldurjuslivinit says:Sep 2, 2016 8:40 AM

    Police Officer pulls ya over. Real easy folks. DO WHAT HE/SHE SAYS TO DO. problem solved. and I don’t like police when I get pulled over, plz tell me anyone who does…sigh.
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    Tell that to Oscar Grant who was handcuffed and shot in the back of the head.

    Tell that to Kelly Thomas who did everything cops said but was still beat to death by 6 cops.

    Tell that to Philando Castile who complied and died

    Tell that to Tamir Rice who cops killed because they didn’t know how to pull up at a safe distance and assess a situation

    I’m so sick of the people who say just comply… cops do wrong man. Admit it. Anything to shift blame away from the issue. Go follow the Cato Institute website. 10-15 incidents a day where cops are abusing their authority one way or another.

  70. But she IS White. Doesn’t matter entitlement. She is privledged. You both are. Your privledged to be white in America and not have people look at you like you’re about to rob them.

    Thanks for the laugh! needed that this morning.

    Yep, all us white entitled folk think you INSERT MINORITY HERE just want to rob and rape us…you got us on that one!

  71. People watch a few episodes of “The Wire” and think they understand the relationship between police and minorities / poor whites. Just admit that you don’t care. Honesty serves everyone better than the falsehoods, bogus statistics and political partisan nonsense. Just say, “I’m not black, I’m not a white guy from a poor, rural community, it’s unlikely that a cop is going to shoot me, I can’t identify with any of this. I don’t care.”

    It’s really simple. And honest. Stop pretending that you would care if there was some justification for people being concerned. Unarmed people are being killed by people trusted to enforce laws. And they are getting away with it. If this were to happen to someone in your family, you would be outraged, and it wouldn’t matter if your son “talked back to the cop”, or didn’t comply when the officer said “lie down,” or “objected to getting pulled over”, or “had a prior conviction for shoplifting”. You’d be saying, “My son was unarmed. My son shouldn’t be dead.”

    But when the victim is black, or Latino or white but not the ‘right kind of white’, you don’t care. You don’t relate. You don’t want to relate. You identify with the cop. He or she is probably more like you than the victim is.

    Nobody wants to say that. It’s too simplified, but it’s the truth. If you’re always with the cops in these cases, regardless of the circumstances, or you love to cherry pick statistics to try to make the case that there’s no racial or economic or profiling element to these killings, it’s because you identify with the shooter more than the victim, and that fuels your response more than the facts of the case.

    I’m not even saying you SHOULD identify with people you don’t interact with or care to interact with. It’s your right. Just admit that’s what you’re doing.

    Oh, and for the people who want to bring up the killings in Chicago to say that “black lives matter” only when it’s cops killing black people, you have no clue what you’re talking about. The people you see protesting, are the ones being victimized on both sides. They are the ones who live a block or two over from gang territory who can’t afford to move. They have to go to work every day, afraid that one day they’ll be caught in the crossfire. They have to send their kids to school, hoping they won’t be victims of a gang-related incident at school. They WANT good police work. What they don’t want is to have to live in fear of bullets both from the criminals and the people who are supposed to police the criminals.

    And that “good black person”, you know at the job or at the gym who you think is an example of a black person you could tolerate, you know: one of the ‘good ones’—you have no idea what that person has had to deal with on a personal level—things that you will never know about. You complain and throw a hissy fit every time you hear about racism. You have no idea. Most of the racism that takes place in the life of an average minority, you will never hear about. Things that they suppress, get over, deal with, let slide, move on from.

    Those videos of officers aren’t shocking to minorities who grew up watching how police treat school kids like adult murder suspects, just based on a haircut or a pair of shoes. Black people are more shocked at how we aren’t shocked. This is a societal issue. The more bad cops that get away with shooting unarmed citizens, it’s just a matter of time before they start getting away with shooting people period, regardless of the reason. The more good cops, that rush to the defense of bad cops instead of rushing to get them removed from the ranks, the less safe we are as society.

    We need police. We have to be able to trust them. We have to feel safe in our interactions with them. Minorities and poor whites have reason to be concerned. If we had those same concerns, we’d probably have a different perspective. But what we’re most concerned with is going all out to prove there is no racism and if everyone worked as hard as us, all their problems would be solved. Stop depending on TV shows and ratings-driven and click-driven media for your snapshot analysis of how to fix these issues.

    Either admit there is an issue and it’s something we all should be concerned with, or just come out and say you don’t care.

  72. tangovader: I don’t care and blacks are the cause of the vast majority of their problems in the US. What is an “average minority” anyway? My wife is asian. She doesn’t seem to have any problems. Let me guess. Asians don’t rank high enough on the victimhood scale for you.

  73. mymanotis says:
    Sep 2, 2016 8:33 AM
    Another $20M for this guy guaranteed as he plays out his $60m GUARENTEED contract in a country he hates.

    But he did give a $1m to charity, big deal

    How much did you give?

  74. Threw all of my 49ers gear in the trash last night. I’m done with this franchise forever and won’t watch any NFL game this year. I will not support an organization that hates cops, disrespects the military and vilifies white people.

  75. JSpicoli says:
    Sep 2, 2016 12:24 PM
    dcpatfan says:
    Sep 2, 2016 8:18 AM
    I love it.
    Wingers ripe with fear.

    _________________________________________

    Has anyone told the rocket surgeon that it is “Rife” ?

    ———–

    No, but I will tell you it’s “Rocket Scientist” or “Brain Surgeon’!

  76. Got a solution for the confused and misguided: You’re free to leave. Don’t let the door hit you . . .

  77. brendafortheboyz says:
    Sep 2, 2016 11:51 AM
    nyneal, I truly hope you get to read my post!! Your post is the best post I have EVER seen on PFT. I feel EXACTLY as you do. There is not 1 word in your post with which I disagree!!!! I did not copy and paste all of it, due to its length and I am VERY surprised it did not get deleted. Most of mine do get deleted, if it does not fit the agenda here; however, if you watch carefully, you will notice it is not “hatchet men”, rather “hatchet Man”. Sad, as I do enjoy the info on this site, but censoring is uncalled for. I think sometimes many are not of, or close to our generation, and have not experienced what we have experienced! Well said, Sir, well said!!!! (hope, once again, this is not deleted ;( )

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    Thank you for the kind words, Brenda. I thought for sure my comments would be deleted, if only for the length.
    It’s so sad to me that people such as you and I are branded as racists because we see the truth about what is happening in this nation and can’t be heard.
    For the record, I am anything but a racist. When I was 18, I worked on a delivery truck along side a black man who grew up on a farm in South Carolina and who was in his 40’s. He worked in cotton fields as a boy and only went to about the 8th grade in school.
    Yet he was one of the smartest people I ever met. If I had the ability go back in time, the one person I’d love to meet would be Abraham Lincoln, because I think he’s one of the most brilliant people who ever lived. This man I worked with reminded me of Lincoln because he had a way of saying things which got right to the point in a backwoods kind of way. In his own way, he possessed an uncanny way of seeing things other people missed. I used to love listening to him talk about the problems which were around then. He would tell me things which were going to happen and sure enough — they’d come true.
    I can tell you this — were he alive today, he’d be outraged at Kaepernick and his defenders. I never met anyone who loved this country more than him, in spite of things he experienced growing up in South Carolina. And he always tole me that anyone who wants to make it in this country could do it if they were willing to work hard. He despised people who cheated the system, no matter what color they were.
    And after we’d punch out at 6’00 pm, he’d jump in his old truck and go to gas stations to pick up their used tires and take them to a place where they recycled them (or maybe burned them, I don’t remember). He did that just to make extra money to feed his wife and 4 kids.
    He was like a 2nd father to me in some ways and many years later when I heard he had passed away back down in South Carolina, it really hurt.

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