Malcolm Jenkins sends important message regarding the pandemic

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At a time when some football players are sending bad messages about how to behave during a pandemic, Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins is sending an important message to the African-American community, which has been hit disproportionately hard by the coronavirus.

“This message is for my black brothers and sisters,” Jenkins said in a video posted on Twitter. “We must survive. This pandemic is real, and the damage that is left in wake of the coronavirus is realized mostly in our communities. Bad policy, institutional neglect, and overexposure place us disproportionately in arm’s reach of the dangers of this deadly virus.

“We are the essential worker. We are the most impacted, yet the focus of the resources aren’t being invested in us. We cannot wait for a government that has never prioritized us. We must look out for ourselves.”

“So take care of you first, share your resources, protect the elderly, and stay home as much as possible. Please stay safe, stay healthy, and survive. Because whether they know it or not, the world needs us, and we need us.”

We all need to take the situation seriously, but too of us many aren’t. Kudos to Jenkins for sending the kind of clear, strong message that hopefully will persuade anyone and everyone to listen.

22 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins sends important message regarding the pandemic

  1. Well said Mr. Jenkins. It’s amazing what can happen when you don’t sell out for a directed payoff. You and Jay-Z should know.

  2. The poor are the most affected by this pandemic. They live paycheck to paycheck and cannot afford to stop going to work.

    Ironically, it is also the poor that keep this country running. Without them, the rest of us would be in trouble

  3. We can only hope this virus doesn’t disproportionately affect the people from Dak Prescott’s party

  4. We TALK about inclusion and TALK about dividing… and here is another so-called role model to our youth TALKING about dividing us again. How will we ever start seeing past the color of our skin when we choose to continue to divide. He starts by saying “This message is for my black brothers and sisters”. When you put the color of your skin or race ahead of everything else, we divide. That’s truth!! A very sad truth!

  5. He’s telling his “black brothers and sisters” what the government has told everyone to do already – they should of listened the first time when the CDC was putting out the guidelines to keep us safe. I like how he pulls the same move he did during the whole anthem kneeling saga – stating how this was not a protest against the members of the armed forces but against the government – now he pulls the same thing except thanking first responders, MDs, nurses and healthcare workers then goes to complain about institutional racism – institutions that those he just thanked are a part of (pretzel logic?) It’s ridiculous to bring up racist notions like these especially now. The virus is affecting people of every community – not just blacks. After all of this passes by hopefully dividers like Jenkins will be exposed and people will rise up and speak out against their hate.

  6. This message is for my black brothers and sisters,” Jenkins said in a video posted on Twitter. “We must survive. This pandemic is real, and the damage that is left in wake of the coronavirus is realized mostly in our communities. Bad policy, institutional neglect, and overexposure place us disproportionately in arm’s reach of the dangers of this deadly virus.

    This should be a message to all people of race and gender. Why is he given a pass?

  7. I’m not sure I can give a thumbs up to Mr. Jenkins for a message that is, at its heart, divisive. That kind of talk is at least as damaging (if not more so, given how much worthy respect is paid to people such as Mr. Jenkins) as that which comes from certain executive leadership platforms, and yet it is only the latter that seems to get talked down. Rather than try to play a blame game, it is almost always better to focus on solutions, especially when the blame game is almost guaranteed to follow bias more than facts.

  8. This is exactly why this guy is disliked by so many.
    In a time when we should all be coming together as ONE he is pimping his segregationist rhetoric. Driving a wedge deeper into the racial divide that already exists.
    The stimulus plan isn’t for whites only. It’s for everyone. Small businesses and workers of all colors.
    Stop playing the victim for 5 minutes please and come together as an American. Not as an African America.

  9. I don’t think race needs to be brought into this. The virus definitely doesn’t discriminate who it infects based on that. We should all be limiting our exposure as much as possible to protect both ourselves and everyone we could potentially infect if we catch it.

  10. No offense meant, but what is the message? That society is fundamentally just against black people? That’s the good message? I’m trying to not misunderstand here.

    What is the solution, then? The government told everyone to stay home. So, they shouldn’t listen to the government, but still stay home?

    Please correct my misunderstanding if it is present, and I am not asking sarcastically.

  11. The New Orleans community acted too slowly and irresponsibly. They kept gathering publicly (Mardi Gras sure didn’t help matters) for nearly all of March. Completely on their inability to act. Don’t blame the government for your ineptitude.

  12. “Bad policy, institutional neglect, and overexposure place us disproportionately in arm’s reach of the dangers of this deadly virus”

    Dude you’re a millionaire with access to top tier health care.

    You should not include yourself in the “we” or “Us” comments here.

  13. “No offense meant, but what is the message?”

    The message is that they are a higher risk than most groups and need to take extra precautions.

  14. ““No offense meant, but what is the message?”

    The message is that they are a higher risk than most groups and need to take extra precautions.”

    ————————————

    Yes, that’s the good part. The rest sounds a lot like “we’re all alone with no allies, so only trust yourselves” which sounds more combative than helpful. Of course, Jenkins could have tailored that only to appeal to those who already felt that way, which would explain the tone of his own statement because he was to get through to them.

    I suppose that would be a positive, if it were the case. It just sounds very combative, while ultimately saying the same thing that experts (like Vice Admiral Adams and Dr. Fauci) were saying, whom Jenkins implicated as part of the government not caring about black people. That’s the real source of my headscratching.

  15. Racists are the 1st to bring race into a subject. Wasting time hating is wasting time, so bye bye Mr Jenkins.

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