There’s an ugly truth here that I don’t think a lot of us want to look at -
Some of us white folks - I hope still a minority of us - actively, urgently want non-whites to continue to be repressed. Some of us really think it’s great that non-whites risk being killed by the white power structure, or being arrested and imprisoned/detained and possibly deported, whenever they leave their homes. Some of us are fine with a world where if non-whites behave in a manner that calls attention to them, bad things can happen to them – at the hands of the white majority legal authority structure.
Men and women with badges, most of them white, may well come and shoot non white people who act out. Or beat them. Or arrest them and take them away and imprison them somewhere.
And many white people are okay with this. They think it’s fine.
And many of the rest of us don’t really care that much. I mean, we care, sure we do, it bothers us, but still. It’s not happening to us, or anyone we know, or that we’re really attached to, so we’re not going to make much (or any) effort to really do anything about it.
Professional athletes kneeling for the National Anthem is not an issue of patriotism or personal feelings of support for the military or even the President. It’s a protest of a world in which non-whites have to live their lives afraid of the official authority structure, which is majority white.
And, sadly, as is normal to most human beings, most of us white folks really don’t give a shit because it’s not something that impacts us personally.
This is the truth of the matter.