"The white guy is super important to the fight."
A few members of the Seattle Seahawks spoke at length yesterday afternoon about the issues with law enforcement in our country, as well as the ongoing National Anthem protests which are being used as a conduit to foster change.
Receiver Doug Baldwin demanded that all 50 states review their police training policies, while defensive end Michael Bennett addressed the Anthem protests. His point was simple, a white guy needs to join in on the protest.
He told the Seattle Times:
"You need a white guy to join the fight."
"The white guy is super important to the fight. For people to really see social injustices, there must be someone from the other side of the race who recognizes the problem, because a lot of times if just one race says there’s a problem, nobody is realistic about it."
Bennett's teammate in the trenches, Cliff Avril, suggested one of the league's biggest stars step up to the plate although he also noted that it's unlikely a guy like Aaron Rodgers would want to.
"If somebody like, say, Aaron Rodgers got behind us, I think it would touch home for a lot more people."
"At the same time, I see why they probably wouldn’t, because they don’t know what we’re going through. That’s one of those situation where it’s unfortunate."