Am I Crazy For Not Quite Understanding What The Saints/Falcons "Unity Circle" Hoped To Accomplish?
It's very possible that I am dead wrong. Hell, I'm no activism expert. It might even be extremely likely that I am dead wrong. After all, two teams - who usually hate each other's guts - deciding to unify and embrace togetherness is a positive message to send. You probably can't find too many people that would disagree with that sentiment, and that's why it's a gesture that seems more productive than it actually is.
I am not here to tell you how to feel about the trend that Colin Kaepernick kickstarted, but the truth is that it has made people start thinking critically about the racial injustices taking place in America. Due to the overwhelming stupidity running rampant in our country, those thought processes have produced a bag of results so mixed and volatile that Blake Griffin wouldn't even mess with it. Regardless, the fact that a peaceful protest against oppression has made some people so uncomfortable has - in turn - made it a huge talking point. Standing in a circle, holding hands, and (potentially) singing Kumbaya? Well, that really doesn't do much of anything. From what I can tell it just gets everyone in the stands to smile and clap in unison. Now, you could certainly argue that kneeling during the National Anthem isn't going to change the way African Americans are treated in the United States. That's a fair opinion. However, it will remind people that not everyone is okay with the current state of affairs. I can't say the same for linking arms and making a big ass oval like a confused kindergarten class. In theory I appreciate the teams addressing a serious societal issue, but doing so in a politically correct way that appeases even the most bigoted fan in the building feels like a bit of a copout.
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