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Try to understand why NFL players are kneeling

August 23, 2018

I got excited over Chuck Stuermer’s letter about boycotting football, initially because I thought he was railing against the NFL’s years of foot dragging over chronic brain injuries, and I was with him. Then I read further. He clearly does not understand why players are kneeling during the playing of our national anthem. Dude, it’s not about lack of respect, it’s just the opposite.

I am a white senior from Alaska. I come from a place where people are judged by what they are today rather than where they came from and who they’re related to. People who speak their minds. My parents cancelled each other’s vote on statehood. Getting to know the rest of our nation now, I see people who are not white disproportionately challenged, tried, convicted and incarcerated. I see them not only denied the same courtesies afforded white people, but brutalized. This is not right and not the country, the land of the free and the home of the brave I stood to sing proudly about my entire life.

Put yourself in the shoes of an NFL player with thousands of people attending the game and millions watching on TV. A player who sees the injustice and cares about his countrymen. I accept and applaud his patriotic duty to speak out. We all have a patriotic duty to step up for the ideals of our constitution. As in respect it.

Please try to understand the protest, think about it and then enjoy the game. And may I say that I am still, though I know he’s dead, in love with Walter Payton.

Nita Nettleton

Roseburg