Even unlikely foes acknowledge injustice and wrongdoing
VINCENT DAVIS | 6/11/2020, midnight
This is not a defense of Brees, but an understanding of his respect for his family, the way any of us would defend ours, but an understanding that he, like a great deal of others, have no idea of the words written in this song. Nor did Brees, like many others, have any knowledge, any awareness or understanding, of the racism that Black servicemen who fought in the same wars that his grandfathers fought in, before and after, had to endure, as servicemen here and at home. It’s as if Muhammad Ali’s words recited by Will Smith in his autobiographical movie were fictional, just spoken for entertainment purposes.
“You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you, you won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for me right here at home.”
The huge, immediate outcry and backlash to Brees’ comments from teammates, players and the sports community were quickly and graciously addressed, to help enlighten Brees, and inspire his several retractions that contained an enlightened view.