The NFL is still determining how it will address athletes who kneel during the National Anthem, with the NFLPA recently challenging the league’s controversial proposed policy.
The Philadelphia Eagles Malcolm Jenkins, who has been at the forefront of raising awareness and fighting the cause against social injustices, has made his voice heard throughout the NFL. With tension still existing between the sport and politics, Jenkins will elect to once again use his platform to bring about change.
Malcolm Jenkins resumed his protest of social injustice by raising his right fist in the air during the national anthem. Chris Long, in turn, placed his left hand on Jenkins' shoulder, as he did for most of last season. CB De'Vante Bausby also raised his fist. #Eagles
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) August 9, 2018
That is no surprise, as Jenkins is one of the most informed, sincere athletes when it comes to speaking out against social inequality. He tweeted this powerful pregame message while he was in the locker room preparing for the Pittsburgh Steelers:
Before we enjoy this game lets take some time to ponder that more than 60% of the prison population are people of color. The NFL is made up of 70% African Americans. What you witness on the field does not represent the reality of everyday
America. We are the anomalies… pic.twitter.com/gCeNKuTl1d
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) August 9, 2018
The hope is that Jenkins message can be heard loud and clear without angry, unfair criticism flowing in from multiple directions (including the White House). If the league feels the need to overexert its power in an attempt to silence him and those who support him.