NAACP Critical Of NFL Anthem Ruling

Organization Says Protest Is An American Decision

The Mike Pintek Show
May 24, 2018 - 2:03 pm
Colin Kaepernick Flag Protest

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020) - On the heels of the NFL ruling that teams will be fined if players kneel during the playing of the National Anthem KDKA Radio’s Mike Pintek addressed the issue with NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. 

Johnson believes that “Protest is an American tradition.”  Johnson told Pintek “the right of the players to peacefully protest is something we should encourage and support and not take away.’

Johnson says last year that players who knelt during the playing of the anthem “were not disrespecting the flag but were kneeling in deference to the flag but to show their concern of how this country is implementing its laws and process.”

The NAACP President tells Mike “we must move away from this false narrative that this somehow disrespects the flag when in fact the players who initiated this were protesting against aggressive policing in African American communities in treatment of individuals who were unarmed.” 

Johnson says the root of the issue goes back to the result of certain police violence against unarmed African -American men and women and no one was being held accountable.