Eric Reid, former team member of Colin Kaepernick said in an interview with The Charlotte Observer that he will continue to kneel during the National Anthem. “If a day comes that I feel like we’ve addressed those issues, and our people aren’t being discriminated against or being killed over traffic violations, then I’ll decide it’s time to stop protesting. I haven’t seen that happen.”
Eric Reid started kneeling with Colin Kaepernick in 2016 while in San Francisco. In 2018, he signed with the Carolina Panthers 3 weeks into the season, during a legal battle with the league against him and Kaepernick believing they were being colluded against. There was some truth to that, as the league quietly settled with the two athletes in February.
Sadly, Reid thinks the country has gone backwards since he and Kaep started taking knees. He said, “It feels like we’re going backwards. You’d like to think we’re past certain things, the way we treat people. I thought we were at a time where you love your neighbor as yourself. But as I’ve studied history, it hasn’t repeated itself necessarily, but it’s dressed a little different and is acting the same.”
Reid believes the fight must go on. People have to keep standing up for what they believe in, forcing the hand of those who actually make decisions and affect change in the nation.