Five players to meet with members of Congress on issues related to race

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem led to a lot of discussion around the NFL about issues related to race and police brutality and what players can do to take a more active role in addressing them.

That effort is going to go to Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Glover Quin; Browns quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins; and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will meet with members of the United States House of Representatives.

Boldin said, via Jim Trotter of ESPN, that the group wants to “help close [the] gap” that’s led to “huge mistrust” between law enforcement and African-American communities. McCown, the lone white player involved in the meetings, said that he hopes the meetings create a greater understanding of what different groups are going through.

“I don’t believe we, as white people, can understand what African-Americans go through on a daily basis, because it’s different,” McCown said. “For me, first and foremost, I want to be able to acknowledge that, and say that our stories are different and our histories are different, but let’s just try to be a part of making it better moving forward.”

The players are scheduled to meet with Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn), Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla), Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla) and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. ESPN reports that the NFLPA has also worked to set up meetings with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis) and members of the White House Staff.

49 responses to “Five players to meet with members of Congress on issues related to race

  1. Just political grandstanding for the congressman. Those rich coddled players have nothing to teach anyone. Unless it’s how they still succeeded despite getting a third world quality education in our inner cities.

  2. One of the better news items I’ve woken up to in the past week.

    Proud for these players and their focus. Hope some true closing of the gap does come to fruition. This country needs it.

  3. What? How could the non voting frauds like Kaepernick & Evans not be part of this photo op? Oh wait, it’s a meeting and there will be actual dialogue. Never mind, that explains it.

  4. metalman5150 says:
    Nov 15, 2016 10:10 AM
    kinda funny that racial tensions have all but erupted under the first ever, democratically elected black president.

    almost too funny to be a coincidence?
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    Whats funny about it?

    We knew the “backlash” was coming. It always does every time people of color make great advancements.

  5. Based on the comments here so far, the defeatism inherent is appalling.

    We rip them when they demonstrate, and we rip them when they collaborate?

  6. Yeah, this is a smart use of taxpayer money.
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    They get paid yearly not hourly. At least we know they had to work for a few hours on this particular day.

  7. Its funny how when you have a presidental election of this magnitude. All of a sudden everybody’s a politician. Kaepernick acted like the second coming of Gandhi and that idiot didn’t even vote. Now 5 Kaepernick (brainwashed followers) football players are going to the nations capital to tell a large group of politicians things they don’t already know? Don’t get me wrong. I love football, and I love our country but football players need to stick to football and politicians need to stick to politics. You don’t see Obama calling up Bellichick telling him how to run his team do you? I’m not saying these players should go voice their options but they will hold zero merit. Congress probably invited them so they can get pictures and autographs. It’s a joke.

  8. I’m glad this is happening, hopefully they can come up with some solutions.

    I agree 100% with mccown. Being white, we will never truly understand what is like being black. I too want to be part of the solution, not the problem

  9. “Everything is great! I have no idea what the rest of these guys are complaining about.” – Josh McCown

  10. I’m both a life long NFL fan – and in spite of my conservative leanings, I consider myself intelligent, thoughtful, collaborative, and fair/open minded.

    This being said, I’m a bit stunned that most of the comments I’ve read to me seem to be filled with racial bias, negativity, cynicism, and resentfulnes toward the people/players who I believe care enough to do something to have their concerns heard in a constructive way!

    We would all be better off if more people would listen and embrace what everyone had to say and work together to address and hopefully improve the conditions that need improvement!

  11. Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin and safety Glover Quin; Browns quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins; and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will meet with members of the United States House of Representatives.

    …but not Colin Kaepernick, who couldn’t even find the energy to vote.

  12. Hats off to these guys. They are willing to contribute to the discussion instead of making inane gestures during the national anthem or wearing pig socks.

  13. Real question; How is Kaep sitting this out? Really, how does he not get a plane ticket & get there?
    He constantly is showing that he is all sizzle & no steak in every aspect of his life. When the camera is rolling, he is kneeling, sitting, crying, complaining but when it comes to something as simple as showing up to push a button (voting) he bails & now being in a true discussion that might give pause to these decision makers, he is no where to be found.
    He truly is the poster child of the average millennial (which I am a part of). Protest & want, without participation & work.

  14. Baloney.
    Play football and if you speak to Government people, shut up about it.
    Stop using OUR league for this.
    We pay your over inflated salaries by buying those over inflated tickets, $8.00 beer an 20 buck parking

  15. Back in the 1950’s and 60’s the NFL players were all white. I don’t think these guys have much room to complain. Professional sports is more integrated than most of society.

  16. I don’t believe we, as white people, can understand what African-Americans go through on a daily basis, because it’s different,” McCown said. “For me, first and foremost, I want to be able to acknowledge that, and say that our stories are different and our histories are different, but let’s just try to be a part of making it better moving forward.”
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    Many PFT readers ought to take note of what McCown said. The popular knee jerk reaction is to blame minorities or dismiss their claims when racism is stated, especially during encounters with police. The vast majority of PFT readers DON’T know what it’s like to be a minority.

  17. I don’t see an issue with this if they are going to tell these politicians why many blacks don’t trust the police. If they are just going to point fingers and claim abuse of power against blacks and only blacks then that is not something I agree with. Police abuse of power is against ALL races.

    And Josh McCown…yeah, can’t imagine what blacks go through on a daily basis. I am sure guys like Lebron James and all other blacks who decided to make a life for themselves rathe than play the “poor me” card because blacks used to be treated so poorly have it so hard. How insulting it is to basically imply every white person who is in a position of authority or power is racist which is what he is doing.

    I am sick and tired of people throwing white guilt at me. That there are MANY blacks who are far more successful than me and the majority of other white people CLEARLY shows blacks aren’t simply held down from birth and can’t get anywhere in life. That the current PRESIDENT of 8 years is black should be clear evidence of this but nope, you still get some who want to continually play the victim card and will just “phone it in” for their life and probably end up on welfare or dealing drugs and then crying racism when they get arrested for that.

    And if black people refuse to grow up and they want to keep playing the poor victim card claiming how racist the system is then just leave. Go back to the “motherland” in Africa and see how that works out for you. All blacks who continually complain about everything are actually insulting blacks during the slavery period who really dealt with crap as well as blacks since then who have made an effort to give blacks the chances they have today.

    Then there is the whole fact that the worst treatment blacks get are at the hands of other blacks. Something like 85 or 90% of all black murders are at the hands of other black people.

    Maybe blacks who are looking to change things for the better should first focus on that but they won’t since those blacks refuse to ever put any responsibility on black people. Far easier to blame evil whitey or the supposed racist system than wonder why your “brothers and sisters” in the black community can’t even treat others with respect.

  18. So… Congress, together with 5 football players, is going to undo millions of years of basic, vicious, petty human nature. Wow, great!!!!! Glad we don’t have to worry about people being dbags to each other anymore!! Thanks, guys!

  19. Congressional Black Caucus?
    If there were a Congressional White Caucus would that be considered racist?
    If so, then why isn’t a Congressional Black Caucus considered racist?

  20. anquan boldin said well, bridging the gap between the communities is inspiring…
    didnt we learn thru history, that the policing in the black communities, definitely pre-60’s, was more or less tinged with a lack of culpability and respect, and the only way that its improved is thru new laws and integration of blacks into the mainstream.

  21. Then there is the whole fact that the worst treatment blacks get are at the hands of other blacks. Something like 85 or 90% of all black murders are at the hands of other black people.

    Maybe blacks who are looking to change things for the better should first focus on that but they won’t since those blacks refuse to ever put any responsibility on black people.

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    that is like saying…we arent going to focus on curing heart disease, until we can cure cancer first….you guys just dont get it…sure there is alot of black on black crime..just like there is alot of white on white crime..so do you ignore everything else until that gets fixed?

  22. Congressional Black Caucus?
    If there were a Congressional White Caucus would that be considered racist?
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    No. The White Caucus would just be considered significantly smaller than the Black Caucus.

  23. If you think that minorities in this country have it just hunky-dorey and should stop complaining, you live in a bubble.

    If you think the majority of Americans are happy with their economy and political representation, you live in a bubble.

    Based on the elections from last week, we now know there are a lot of bubbles in this country- I hope they get popped now.

  24. White people (I’m one) simply trust authority more than black people.
    There are historical reasons why.
    When there’s a police shooting and subsequent investigation whites tend to take the results at face value.
    There are historical reasons why.
    Many white people can’t fathom why black people are suspicious of the results of a police investigation of a shooting of a black person.
    There are historical reasons why.
    Simply telling someone it’s fair, or different in modern times, or justified, isn’t going to convince anyone that it is.
    There are historical reasons why.
    If you’re white and don’t agree with any of this, it would be helpful if you look into the historical reasons why that is too.

  25. raiderfanatic4life says:
    Nov 15, 2016 10:49 AM
    Its funny how when you have a presidental election of this magnitude. All of a sudden everybody’s a politician. Kaepernick acted like the second coming of Gandhi and that idiot didn’t even vote. Now 5 Kaepernick (brainwashed followers) football players are going to the nations capital to tell a large group of politicians things they don’t already know? Don’t get me wrong. I love football, and I love our country but football players need to stick to football and politicians need to stick to politics. You don’t see Obama calling up Bellichick telling him how to run his team do you? I’m not saying these players should go voice their options but they will hold zero merit. Congress probably invited
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    think you are forgetting they are citizens first who happen to play football.

  26. jjackwagon says:
    Nov 15, 2016 11:59 AM
    Congressional Black Caucus?
    If there were a Congressional White Caucus would that be considered racist?
    If so, then why isn’t a Congressional Black Caucus considered racist?
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    I know of several Irish, Italian, Polish and other affiliations and caucuses. I would not classify them as racist.
    However, the point you fearful people are forgetting is that AA people in this country have lost that ethnic identity . That is the very tragedy of slavery.
    Therefore “Black” is what we have.

  27. Lots of ignorant white-centric comments on here. Unless you’ve walked a mile in a black man’s shoes, quit judging and getting all worked up about it. Watch your football and shut up, it doesn’t effect you and you should be thankful for that.

  28. I just wonder, why all these players, who want to protest for reasons R/T race, can’t put their money where their tush is….Instead of buying that million dollar home and ninety-thousand dollar automobile, put that money towards a charity that promotes education, and equality of the races. These players, and I don’t care what sport it is, have a great deal of influence, in their communities, and especially with young people.
    They might just make a difference.

  29. Boldin’s cousin was shot in 2015. The accused is an off-duty police officer. That’s the motivation for this meeting. Had nothing to do with the Presidential election.

    Video from cell phones, dash cams, and body cams are the reason for the increased attention to police behavior. We can look at the instant replay to see whether the police lied about something. That proof of systemic behavior is why this is an issue.

    Yes, the majority of NFL players are black. But only 4 of the NFL coaches are black. Apparently skin color is still important to the ability to coach. Back in the 1990s, some people were still saying you can’t win with a black QB (despite Doug Williams proving otherwise). But we’re making progress.

    If I were to say, “The whites all think like David Duke,” people would freak out for all kinds of reasons — and all of those reasons would be correct. Not many people think like that. But ironically, many of the same freaked-out people also say, “The blacks all think …”. And those same people wonder why our country still has huge problems with racism.

    I didn’t know how racist I was until I had to work in an all-black area. Suddenly I started hearing the words coming out of my mouth. That was a life-changer.

  30. Funny when the NFL players protest, everybody on PFT if you have a issue how about they actually do something about it. When a few people then actually to do something about, people on PFT still have a issue with it. Then complain it’s the reason they stop watching football but choose to come on here to read and comment on the articles

  31. “Being white, we will never truly understand what is like being black.”

    ok then tell all the black players to stop talking about “white privilege” since they will never truly understand what it is like being white

    please leave the white guilt at home next time

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