ICYMI, Drew Brees is doubling down on his thoughts from 2017, the year the kneeling first began. Coley wrote a blog filled with thoughtful insights I'd highly encourage you to read, but to summarize Brees' message: he is not here for the kneeling and finds it disrespectful towards America and its history.
"I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
I could point out the obvious fact that we are NOT "all in this together" because there is no "all" until we are ALL viewed equally. I could argue that by making the kneeling about something it was NOT about, the flag and the anthem, Drew Brees proved that we are NOT all part of the solution, as bending the narrative is part of the problem. But I'm not going to go off on a long rant about any of that because my good friend Kate is about to drop a real heater on us and, considering she's a military veteran, I think she knows a thing or two about patriotism.
Instead, I'll just say this: I've never been more honored to have Aaron Rodgers as the leader of the Pack.
Rodgers clearly understands the intent of the kneeling - as well as the state of our country - and he comes to the table with a message of empathy and a willingness to listen, learn, and take action. That's all anyone can ask of another person.
However, he was there and participated in the movement first-hand, so I hope his kind words resonate with people, starting with Drew Brees. I hope they encourage him to reach out to Rodgers for an educational, open heart conversation.
Or better yet, I hope they encourage him to reach out to his pissed teammates - who feel completely unheard and disrespected - and start listening.