In the latest National Anthem protest Cleveland Brown’s players are showing their support to former San Fransisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick. One player who stands out in the protest is Tight End Seth DeValve, who happens to be white.
Last year Colin began to take a knee during the National Anthem to protest the injustice and killings of brown and black people across the country. During the 2016-2017 NFL season many players of African-American backgrounds showed their support.
Seth who comes from a white family took a knee for many reasons. He stated is reasoning for taking a knee during a Monday Night Football against the New Giants. One reason in particular is for his wife who is African American.
In an interview he states: “We took the opportunity to pray for our country and for the men and women in this country during that time,” DeValve said as reported by Cleveland.com. “The United States is the greatest country in the world. It is because it provided opportunities to its citizens that no there country does. The issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there’s things in this country that still need to change.”
He goes on to take about his future children with his wife, “I myself will be raising children that don’t look like me, and I want to do my part as well to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have right now.”
Seth and other players around the league understand the criticism and backlash they are receiving. But what they wants fans and supporters of the Anthem to know is that black and brown people deserve to be treated the same.
The players will continue to take a knee until the feel there is a change and understanding around the country. And they would like other players to join and support.