When Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the oppre sion of black Americans by remaining seated during the national anthem, the usual suspects were ready to explain why the 49ers quarterback didn't deserve to be heard. He's not good enough. this line of thinking: «It would be one thing if Kaepernick had made this statement as one of the top quarterbacks in the league which at one point he was instead this just looks like the desperate and unsubstantiated rantings of someone who is aware he will soon fall back into football oblivion."MORE: He's disrespecting the military. This was , even though Kaepernick his protest was not directed Saquon Barkley Jersey at the men and women of the armed services. But to many, sitting during the national anthem was simply a disgraceful way to make his larger point. His gesture is empty because he hasn't done anything to help the black community. Jason Whitlock unfavorably to LeBron James «and the work that hes doing in Akron in his hometown with young African-Americans.» Buccaneers tight New York Giants Jersey end Austin Seferian-Jenkins : «I think if he's serious about the problem, he should invest in the black community. He should invest in education. He should invest in Oakland. People have been standing up and saying things, but we need action."MORE: Enter Adam Jones.On Monday, USA Today's Bob Nightengale published an extensive interview with the Orioles center fielder. is worth reading, but here are some of the key points: «Ive seen Kaepernick called the N-word, just because hes being sensitive to what has happened to African-Americans in this country. Its crazy how when people of color speak up, were always ridiculed. But when people that are not of color speak up, its their right.» «The First Amendment says we have freedom of expre sion. Were supposed to be so free, so free. But any time anybody of color speaks up in the United States, for some odd reason, they always get the raw end of the deal. It sucks."MORE: «The outside world Kayvon Thibodeaux Jersey doesnt really respect athletes, unle s they talk about what they want them to talk about. Society doesnt think we deserve the right to have an opinion on social i sues."Here's what you need to know about Jones, who in a San Diego neighborhood plagued by drugs and violence. He is not washed up. He's a five-time All-Star, the leadoff hitter (and team leader) for a club in the thick of a pennant race.He's one of the most respected players in the game. Last year he won the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given to a player «whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement."A few things about Adam Jones:1) He has lived racism2) He is profoundly intelligent3) He deserves our attention Jeff Pa san (@JeffPa san) He has never, intentionally or unintentionally, disrespected the flag or the military. He stands Kenny Golladay Jersey every game for the anthem and always has.Adam Jones says he will stand for the National Anthem because his father is a longtime military man. Rich Dubroff (@RichDubroffCSN) He is extremely active in the community. He is the Orioles' 2016 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award."Jones, a former Boys & Girls Club member, has teamed up with the Orioles to help to renovate three Boys & Girls Clubs in Baltimore over the past three years including, most recently, the Webster Kendrick Boys & Girls Clubs through a $75,000 donation,» Jones supports the Jackie Robinson Foundation's scholarship program, the Central Maryland"Send a Kid to Camp» campaign, MLB's Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program and the Baltimore City Youth Clinic. You want action in the community? Jones is your man.MORE: And he has spoken eloquently on these matters before. As Nightengale points out, «Jones was important voice in the aftermath of protests that followed the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a series of events that compelled the Orioles to play a 2015 game in front of an empty stadium."Jones «has become one of Baltimores most well-known citizens,» CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Dubroff wrote.If you don't believe Colin Kaepernick is the right me senger when it comes to race and other social i sues, fine. But here's a question in that case: What about Adam Jones? What's your excuse for ignoring him?Because the Oriole has a platform and intends to use it to jump start Darius Slayton Jersey some needed conversations. He is a man worth hearing, if we'll only listen.
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