Anquan Boldin hopes anger of this moment leads to real change

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Anquan Boldin sounds like so many people in the United States right now — angry, worried, scared.

But the former NFL wide receiver and one of the founders of The Players Coalition also hopes the national conversation following the death of George Floyd leads to something substantive.

“The thing I’m afraid of is allowing this moment to pass without bringing about meaningful change,” Boldin said, via Mike Jones of USA Today. “I’m afraid that if we don’t come together collectively, the messaging will get hijacked, and we will miss this moment in creating real change to make sure that we’re not back here again. So, for us, everybody is angry. Everyone is outraged and rightfully so. But you have to sit back and ask yourselves –number one, ‘What is it that I want?’ and number two, ‘How do I get what I want?’

“We all have to understand that there is a common enemy. There is a common system. There are common players who are allowing this to continue in our country. And if we’re going to make any progress, we’ve got to shine the light on there.”

And while it’s easy for this time to become a political matter — and certainly our televisions stay full of national political figures — Boldin maintains interest in down-ballot issues.

Specifically, watching the delay before third-degree murder charges for the police officer who knelt on the neck of Floyd (and the lack of charges for the other three officers there) have Boldin emphasizing the need for more attention to be paid for local and state attorney elections.

“I’m in this to expose all the things in the system that allow these things to go on,” Boldin said. “We have to educate ourselves, and we also have to understand that we are the ones that elect DAs and state attorneys.

“We put them in those seats, so it’s on us to understand . . . what policies they stand for. We have to be knowledgeable enough to vote these people up out of those seats. Because I guarantee you if the right person was elected DA in that region, that (Ahmaud Arbery) case would not have sat there for two-and-a-half, three months. We would have had somebody who did the right thing the first time around — not someone who was trying to protect the offenders.”

Those offices don’t attract the same kind of attention, but to Boldin, the need is clear.

“I think the disheartening part about it is,” Boldin said, “if we gave this scenario to any 7-, 8-, 9-year-old and told them, ‘This is what happened,’ and we asked them what should happen to this guy that killed this man — from every last one of them, we would get the exact same answer: That this guy should go to jail and he should serve time.

“How is it that adults cannot get this right? How is it that you have different opinions about the right way to take care of this? How is it that this guy is not immediately charged and prosecuted for murdering somebody? And not only them, but those that stood around and allowed him to do this. What kind of world are we living in? What kind of country are we living in that everybody isn’t seeing this as — it is what it is, it’s a murder. . . . We’ve got people worried about the looting and the rioting when all that could be prevented if you guys had done the right thing.”

That’s what keeps Boldin motivated, and from letting despair take over.

18 responses to “Anquan Boldin hopes anger of this moment leads to real change

  1. It won’t lead to change and you can thank the rioters and looters for that. As well as the fact that you have one side who screams and demands to be heard but they have no interest in listening to the other side.

  2. It did. Hundreds of businesses looted or destroyed and almost a dozen cops critically injured or killed, not to mention. The business owners beaten within an inch of their lives by the “peaceful protesters.”

  3. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
    ― Albert Einstein

  4. With Trump gassing peaceful protesters after his act of cowardice hiding in the white house basement because mean protestors were chanting things against him hundreds of yards away and turning out the lights, he’s nothing but a stain on American history at this point.

    He will not be allowed to turn the US military on its own people. The white fascists infiltrating the peaceful protests to start rioting and looting will be stopped. This will not end the way the fake militia hate groups hope it will.

  5. Hey Michael E, what about the looting by the oligarchs? They don’t loot using bricks. They loot by buying and rigging the political system, having their political minions enact laws and implement policies in their favor and then plundering at will. The oligarchs’ looting runs in the $trillions. Are you ok with that kind of looting? Just wondering.

  6. It has changed, however, not the way everyone hopes it will. It will get worse. Attacking police in mass is not the way to change a system and only seeks to further alienate themselves. Yes there are bad cops. There are bad soldiers, doctors, citizens, etc… Condeming a group as a whole instead of the bad individuals is disingenuous and dangerous.

  7. The white fascists infiltrating the peaceful protests to start rioting and looting will be stopped.
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    Well, seeing as I watched looting and destruction unfold directly in front of my office for the last 3 days I can tell you you’re dead wrong…

  8. Hey Michael E, what about the looting by the oligarchs? They don’t loot using bricks.
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    Anyone whose seen his posts knows he’s completely brainwashed by the right and either has no clue or simply doesn’t care that $500 billion has been transferred to the 1% in just the last couple months.

  9. I’m with the Floyd protesters, however, I keep hearing people say we need a change. I haven’t heard any answers on how to combat this police brutality/race issue. I saw that former President Obama penned some essay declaring how to go about making change, but he was in office for 8 years and several incidents like this happen under his watch. I get people are outraged, I just wish there was a collective voice on this issue offering a way forward, and unfortunately I have not heard one yet.

  10. “Anyone whose seen his posts knows he’s completely brainwashed by the right and either has no clue or simply doesn’t care that $500 billion has been transferred to the 1% in just the last couple months.”

    Actually its more like 1.5 trillion they’ve stolen

  11. He needs to hear that the message about George Floyd has been completely lost. 100% gone.
    When you burn down minority owned businesses in communities where unemployment is killing people. When you beat a 70 year old women with a 2×4. When you shoot a cop in the back of the head in Vegas.
    What do you expect? For everyone to ignore these horrific images and videos? It’s impossible.
    I wanted this to be a moment where we could come together as one. Instead, liberal communities have supported anarchists and allowed them to ruin our chance.
    This moment will be about the looting and burning. Sadly, this is the truth.

  12. The only thing that will lead to real change is a real dialogue. We see these events happen over and over. And then people say things like, “we need to have a conversation”. But its hollow.

    When I say we need a conversation, thats exactly what I mean. Not this “conversation” where one side dictates to the other. One side needs to express their grievances, their feelings, their perspectives and perceptions of things. The other side needs to be allowed to explain what they see, why they do what they do, so on and so forth. But it needs to be a judgement free conversation to reach common ground and understanding.

    The reason a meaningful dialogue never happens is because once the opposition begins to speak, you shut them down as RACIST. Leave your bias at the door. Leave your preconceptions at home. Have a discussion. Listen to the other side and understand the things that they see. Understand why they take the actions that they take. Understand you wont agree on everything, and that it is ok to not see everything the same. If your inclination is to get offended and start screaming “racism”, this conversation isnt for you. That is how I see it. Forcing the hand of the other side will never work, they will feel forced, and they will not react well to it. Explaining to them, and reaching common ground with them, allows them to feel like they are taking measures that they want to take, versus begrudgingly taking measures you have forced them to take. It will never work if you forced them.

  13. Michael E says:
    June 2, 2020 at 11:06 am
    It won’t lead to change and you can thank the rioters and looters for that. As well as the fact that you have one side who screams and demands to be heard but they have no interest in listening to the other side.
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    So when Kaepenick was protesting this very issu by pecefully kneeling during the national anthem where you one of hose telling him to sit down and shut up? If you were well you have no place to talk now. When peceful protest is met by that type of venom and dismissiveness you leave a powder keg ready to explode.

  14. 666football666 says:
    June 2, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    So many little, scared white men on the profootballtalk comments today…

    ___________

    What are they scared of? You sound like a child.

  15. xballhawkx says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm
    It has changed, however, not the way everyone hopes it will. It will get worse. Attacking police in mass is not the way to change a system and only seeks to further alienate themselves. Yes there are bad cops. There are bad soldiers, doctors, citizens, etc… Condeming a group as a whole instead of the bad individuals is disingenuous and dangerous.
    _________

    George Floyds death was murder. The murderer should be charged appropriately. I see the riots, I see who is rioting, killing, burning, destroying lives. I can see it on live TV, on Fox, CNN, MSNBC, etc… people saying its “white plants”? no.. no its not. It will be easy to condemn that group as a whole now more than ever.

  16. Anquan – I hope so too. But the cynic in me can’t see this happening. We need to get together and really drive change. But with so many vested interests, and people desperate to hang on to the status quo, I can’t see it…

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