Unfortunately, the one thing my skin color hasn't disproportionally afforded me is the ability to effectively over-analyze peaceful protests of societal injustices. I suppose that hasn't stopped a bunch of fair-skinned 'Super Americans' from taking liberties with the legitimacy of a cause that couldn't possibly effect them any less. I, on the other hand, don't view Patriotism through the lens of red, white, and blue novelty sunglasses, nor do I have an understanding of the First Amendment that leaves you shocked that I'm not drooling out the side of my mouth as I try to explain it. That's why I'll leave the judging of the legitimacy of the Dallas Cowboys' organization-wide statement to those who are more racially inclined to do so. However, let me just say this...that face is not the face of a man making any moral concessions...
That look is not of someone that realizes the severity of the issues plaguing certain citizens of this country. That look is of someone that reinforced his business interests by humoring his athletes by taking a knee without offending his political connects by remaining that way throughout the waving of a flag and the playing of a the song that his President has used as pawns to further drive a wedge through this nation. I'm not entirely sure what it's supposed to look like when a multi-billionaire feels truly humbled, but it damn sure isn't supposed to look like he's a central figure in a TV show that has only broken the 4th wall to drive home the point that the main character is obnoxiously pleased with himself. I mean, even considering the fact that it's coming from the NFL equivalent of a snake oil salesman, that's a shockingly condescending smirk.
Again, I'm not one to critique anyone's protest, but - since I don't think that a pre-anthem showing of solidarity meets the qualifications of a "protest" - I'm just going to go ahead and say that the demeanor of the person who selfishly placed himself at the center of it basically neutered the demonstration's impact. I think that much is "real obvious"...