‘This is about systemic oppression’: Eric Reid becomes a voice of 49ers’ critique with critique of Pence


49ers kneel during a personification of a inhabitant anthem in Indianapolis. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Eric Reid took a knee Sunday during a inhabitant anthem, only as he has many of a time since his former teammate, Colin Kaepernick, initial drew courtesy for doing so during a San Francisco 49ers’ preseason games of 2016.


No one approaching Reid, a safety, to do anything else and he did not surprise anyone Sunday when he assimilated 15-20 of his 49ers teammates who knelt before a diversion opposite a Indianapolis Colts in Lucas Oil Stadium. And that was about a final normal thing that happened as distant as a anthem there was concerned.

Vice President Pence and his mom walked out of Lucas Oil Stadium, observant in partial in a matter that he would “not enhance any eventuality that disrespects a soldiers, a Flag, or a inhabitant anthem.” That decision, that President Trump tweeted came during his direction, put a spotlight precisely on Reid, who, like many players, is seeking to explain his message. With Kaepernick apropos a giveaway representative in March, it is now left to Reid to pronounce up, and he called Pence’s depart “a PR stunt,” adding “this is about systemic oppression.”

“I’ve oral to we all formerly about determining a narrative. And that’s what we’ll do,” Reid, who depends Kaepernick among his friends, told reporters in a locker room after a 49ers’ overtime loss. “If we need to contend it each time ya’ll ask me, this is not about a military, this is not about a flag, this is not about a anthem. My mom served in a armed forces. Three of my uncles served in a armed forces. In fact, my mom would have went to a Persian Gulf War if she wasn’t profound with me.

“I have a pinnacle honour for a military, for a anthem, for a flag. So we will contend that each time ya’ll talk me. This is about systemic hardship that has been prevalent in this nation for decades on tip of decades. And we will continue to contend and inspire people to teach themselves of how we got to where are today, since it didn’t occur overnight. And it’s not going to occur overnight to repair these issues, so we’re going to keep articulate about it.

“I know that we will keep doing what we feel is required to use a height that we have to make those changes. It’s unequivocally humiliating when all that we were lifted on, all that we was lifted on, was to be a best chairman we can be, to assistance people that need help, and a clamp boss of a United States is perplexing to dissapoint a summary that we’re perplexing to put out there. we don’t know what else to contend about it.”

Reid, 25, did not play Sunday since of a knee damage and, notwithstanding a authority from Dallas Cowboys owners Jerry Jones that players honour a dwindle or they will be benched, Reid believes a summary players are promulgation about amicable misapplication and secular inequality is working.

“I consider we are reaching people, and there’s another handful of people who chose not to hear us. Those people, we can’t change their mind — they’ll never listen to you, you’ll never win with them,” Reid told Dieter Kurtenbach of a Mercury News. “We only need to keep a review going. When an event presents itself to elect somebody into bureau during a state and inhabitant level, afterwards we have to take advantage of those opportunities and put people in place who are going to do what we need finished to repair these issues.”

Reid stood for a anthem preceding a initial dual preseason games, though focussed a knee after assault in Aug claimed a life of a lady in Charlottesville. He explained afterwards that his preference to kneel again was formed on a account that was being co-opted.

“What we was dissapoint about was a fake account being told about us. People were observant that we’re un-American, that we were opposite military entirely. And that only wasn’t true. At first, we suspicion that was a tiny scapegoat to compensate to get a word out, to lift that awareness. And we staid with meditative lifting that recognition was victory.

“Then quick brazen to Charlottesville and people see what an un-American criticism unequivocally looks like. What Colin and Eli [Harold] and we did was pacific criticism fueled by faith in God to assistance make a nation a improved place. And we feel like we need to recover control of that account and not let people contend what we’re doing is un-American. Because it’s not. It’s totally American. We’re doing it since wish equivalence for everybody. We wish a nation to be a improved place.”

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