Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson called out white NFL players, on CNN’s “New Day” Friday, for not speaking up in protest over racial animosity in the U.S.
Dyson was discussing the one year anniversary of a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said NFL players were right to take a knee during preseason games Thursday, as a show of solidarity. (RELATED: Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson Compares Antifa To A Cancer Treatment For America)
“First of all black life continues to matter to [NFL players] and doesn’t seem to matter to others who continue to victimize back people with random violence and arbitrary forms of aggression,” Dyson said. “These are grown black men. They will not be dictated to and told by the president of the United States of America or a football league, a sports league, about what it means to be a responsible conscientious citizen.”
Dyson said black men are “being muffled” and asked why white athletes like Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers aren’t more vocal for the Black Lives Matter cause.
“We’re talking about the one year anniversary of white supremacists and nationalists and neo-Nazis expressing their right to protest in America and yet these black men of valor, of integrity, of courage and bravery are being muffled,” Dyson added.
“What it says to us is that all players should have a conscious around this. Not just black players. Where’s Aaron Rodgers in this whole situation,” he concluded. “Even if he doesn’t raise a fist, raise a voice and say something important. That’s what I think these protests suggest.”
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