Add Ray Lewis to the list of people who aren’t feeling Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the National Anthem. The former NFL star has an explanation for why he doesn’t agree with the way Colin’s protesting racism — watch here.
“My advice to Colin Kaepernick is this: Listen, I understand what you’re trying to do. But, understand — take the flag out of it,” Ray Lewis said on Fox Sports’ Undisputed. As we’ve previously reported, the 49ers QB has been kneeling during the National Anthem before games because he doesn’t want to show pride “for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
Ray is all too familiar with racism, too, but he still understands the patriotic symbol that the American Flag represents, and doesn’t think Colin should take his anger out on that. “I have uncles, I got brothers who walked out of my house, going into the military, that said, ‘I will never see you again,'” he added. “To understand that, I will always understand that part of what our patriotism should be. And that’s the side that I think, if Colin really just steps back…because to affect true change and what he’s trying to say, if you don’t have a real solution, if you’re not seen as a true activist and going into these hoods and do these things on a daily basis and not just jump up and protest one thing because you’re sick of it? We’ve been sick of racism for 400 years!”
Basically, Ray wants Colin to do more than just kneel during the National Anthem — he wants him to go out and take real action to make change. However, there are plenty of athletes who agree with Colin’s decision, and have even followed suit by kneeling themselves. Looks like we’ll be dealing with this controversy all season long!
HollywoodLifers, do you agree with Ray’s opinion about Colin’s controversy? Or do you respect Colin’s decision not to acknowledge the National Anthem?