San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid has been taking a knee during the National Anthem, and on Wednesday, he got a platform to discuss the whys about the protest. People have asked why players are doing it, with that fueling some criticisms about the method over the substance of the protest.
Reid got a chance to meet with the media on Wednesday, a day normally reserved for the head coach and quarterback. Reid spoke for over 20 minutes about a whole host of topics related to the protest. We should have a transcript later today, but in the meantime, I’ve posted video below for you to give it a watch and here his own words.
Reid talked about how much he has educated himself over the past year, working extensively with Harvard professor Clint Smith. He talked about the problems that developed in the 30+ years between the passing of the New Deal and the passing of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. He pointed to that time frame as a big reason for a lot of problems that still exist.
When asked what he wants changed, he talked about things like bail reform and the work Malcolm Jenkins is doing in criminal justice reform. He was quick to acknowledge that he needs to continue educating himself so he can be more effective in taking action.
Reid acknowledged that in the preseason he was considering not taking a knee. However, Donald Trump’s comments in the wake of the Charlottesville protests reignited the fire, and this past weekend only added to it. He recognizes it will be a long way, but it is necessary work.
I’ll try and get a transcript later, but in the meantime, here is the full video of Reid’s press conference.