Outspoken African-American Leader And NFL Hall Of Famer Jim Brown Comes Out As White Supremacist
When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started to protest what he saw as racial injustice in America by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem, he set off a cultural firestorm. It is protocol to stand for the playing of the national anthem. It became a line in the racial sand as politicians, celebrities, the average joe, and other football players had to say whether or not they support the action which had now been joined by as many as 10% of the players in the NFL. It has become the norm to say that if one would take a knee in protest, they are socially aware and compassionate to the plight of blacks in America. If one would not take a knee, they are obviously a racist and white supremacist.
One such player, the all time great Jim Brown recently weighed in on the "take a knee against the flag movement." He said that he would never kneel during the playing of the anthem. This came as a great shock to the African-American community. Brown, who set numerous records as a running back for the Cleveland Browns, and is considered by many to be the greatest player of all time has been a solid voice for civil rights for a half a century.
So it was saddening for many black activists to see him change sides when he said, “I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag. I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem. I’m fighting with all of my strength to make it a better country.” The great Jim Brown had instantly become a black white supremacist. The shockwaves reverberated across the media.
Social instigator, Rev. Al Sharpton said on his radio show, "It is unbelievable that Jim Brown would use those hall of fame legs to run to the other side."
Comedy Central talk show host, Trevor Noah tweeted, "Come on Jim. Your last name is Brown. How can you be so white?"
Colin Kaepernick said he was, "Disappointed that a man with such strong opinions and a national platform would not set aside his personal beliefs to support something he doesn't believe in."
Meanwhile, in a moment of awkward common sense the Ku Klux Klan explained that standing up during the national anthem does not qualify someone to be a racist. And while they respect Jim Brown's position about the American flag, he is not a white supremacist, nor could he join the KKK.