If it happens, tonight’s Eagles protest will be a futile gesture

When the 49ers quarterback that nobody knew or cared about until a few weeks ago decided to sit during the national anthem, he sparked a reaction within the NFL that has, predictably, made its way to Philadelphia.

We’ll know more after tonight’s Monday Night Football match up.

One thing we know already? It won’t help anything.

During an interview on WIP last week, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins made no bones about the fact that he anticipates some of his fellow Eagles will make a similar statement during tonight’s National Anthem.

You can listen to the interview here:

 Everybody wants to be a part of it and I feel like it’s no different on our team. We got guys, especially myself, who feel very strongly about the topic.”

This is the second week of the season and Jenkins explained that since the first game fell on 9/11, they decided not to take focus away from that.

Last week, we talked about doing some stuff, but we wanted to make sure we didn’t do anything to take away from the folks, the families that suffered from 9/11. We didn’t want to mess with that day, so we left last week alone. But moving forward, I’m sure there will be guys that will probably join in.”

Unlike Whats-His-Name (who claimed to be protesting a country he says “oppresses black people and people of color”), Jenkins and his teammates hope to highlight other issues that are important to them:

For me, it has nothing to do with this country or the flag or the anthem in itself. Really it’s just to continue to push for the conversation about social injustice. And that’s a range of things from police brutality to wages and job opportunities to education. It’s just a lot of things systematically that have been set up in this country, since its inception that really put minorities, especially African Americans, at a disadvantage, when you’re talking about quality of life and actually growing in this country.”

Stunts (protests) during the National Anthem have yet to yield tangible progress towards anything. They only serve to rile people up who spend time arguing over the stunt itself.

The NFL has yet to try and hone in on this ridiculous excuse for freedom of expression. According to Jekins, Coach Doug Pederson has been supportive:

He [Pederson] understands that we have the right to express our feelings and use our voices in whatever way we want to.”

We can debate all day over the merits of the grievance Jenkins and others in the NFL have expressed but that aside, we know that regardless of what the Eagles players ultimately decide to do tonight, these types of misguided attempts by social justice warrior athletes will do nothing for the plight of black Americans who feel like their voices aren’t being heard.