Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins vows to continue his national anthem protest this season

Rare | 8/11/2017 | Carlin Becker
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Ahead of Thursday night’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins announced that he would continue to raise his fist during the national anthem this upcoming season.

“Last season, I raised my fist as a sign of solidarity to support people, especially people of color, who were and are still unjustly losing their lives at the hands of officers with little to no consequence,” he explained in a statement to ESPN. “After spending time with police officers on ride-a-longs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it’s clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration.”

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Sure enough, Jenkins followed through on his promise and stood with his fist thrust into the air on Thursday night as the national anthem played before the game. Last year, he did the same for all but one game. On September 11, he decided not perform the demonstration out of respect for service members and...
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