I couldn’t be more proud to hear that the Panthers have signed Eric Reid. As Colin Kapernick has said, Reid was the FIRST player to kneel with him. Ever since Kaep first knelt, I had a feeling inside that I’ve never had before. Growing up, when I was younger, I never dealt with racial or social injustice until after I turned 23. I went through a situation where racism was blatantly IN MY FACE, and for once in my life, I felt as though I didn’t have the words.
When I saw so many of my people being murdered at the hands of police officers I hurt inside. When the wheels of justice starting showing its racially biased ugly head more in the past few years than ever, I did more than hurt inside. I burned inside. I burned with anger and felt as though I didn’t know what to do. Then, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid walked on the field and knelt. They were using their platforms to have a voice for the voiceless. As Kaep has stated, Reid was the first player to kneel with him. With so many against them, they stood tall in the paint for what they, I, believed in.
To this day, people still don’t understand why kneeling was such a BIG thing to us, but for me, it was larger than life! The ones who don’t understand obviously have never heard the 3rd verse to the National Anthem, nor have they ever heard the pain in the voice of a Wife, Mom, Grandmother, or Child of unarmed Black Man or woman killed by the police speak to the public. We are tired of our folks being a hashtag and these two stood up in the paint when no one else would.
For that, I am proud to support the Panthers, because as Kaep said, Reid was “an all pro safety who should have been signed the first day of free agency.” KEEP POUNDING
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Congratulations to my brother @e_reid35, an all pro safety who should have been signed the first day of free agency, who has signed a football contract. He was the FIRST person to kneel alongside me. Eric is a social justice warrior, continues to support his wife, two beautiful daughters and communities in need.