I read with some interest Jerry Cornfield’s Oct. 1 article on John Koster, and his thoughts and actions concerning NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. His decision to forgo watching all NFL games until the protests are over is an interesting decision, and not particularly challenging. Sitting out a few football games seems less than onerous. Time to get some home projects done.
My greater challenge to Mr. Koster is to fully articulate the meaning, as expressed by the protesting players, as to why they are protesting. It has been stated many times by them that this is not about the flag, nor the anthem. It is about black people, mostly young men, being killed in the streets by police officers, often for no reason other than running away, walking through a neighborhood or park, or carrying a toy gun. Why don’t we believe and support them in their protest?
If not the knee during the anthem, how might they protest in a way that would be acceptable to Mr. Koster? Given that violent protests are not acceptable, how might they use their considerable pulpit to voice their concerns about these numerous deaths, and the fear that many black citizens feel when their children leave the home and venture out into city streets. This is real fear for many folks, and our inability to recognize this as real is very telling and, to coin an inarticulate president, sad. I would expect much more of John Koster.