I was so angry last week.
The boos raining down on the Houston Texans and Super Bowl-winning Kansas City Chiefs from the fans at Arrowhead Stadium was a slap in the face of equality.
What sin had these players committed? The sin of protest, acting, advocacy.
They lined up at midfield. Linked arms. Players. Coaches. Teammates. Opponents. The stadium screen displayed a simple message of support for Black Lives Matter.
Oh my. What a sin.
That simple call for racial unity was met with outright disapproval.
It made me cry. More than once in fact. It made me angry. I still am. It made me realize how much work society has to go.
I think that Roger Goodell and every league partner, broadcaster, and investor need to condemn the acts of these fans. Their leadership has never been so vital. Their voices need to be heard.
Those fans are not being fans. They have forfeited their rights. They need to earn them back.
I can’t make this ask, without acting.
I need to keep making sure my voice is heard. I need to ensure that I keep protesting. I need to ensure that you keep protesting. We all do.
It’s going to get more difficult than just being booed. It’s going to get nastier. It’s going to get more risky. It’s going to get more damaging.
But we can’t stop. The Chiefs won’t stop. The Texans won’t stop.
I won’t stop, if you won’t.