A Time To Speak

This past weekend, I took it upon myself to travel to Washington D.C. to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as they celebrated their first anniversary. I picked this weekend’s voyage because I needed to see first hand what my ancestors endured so I could speak to the root of the issue that is dividing our nation at this very moment.

As some of you may know, I belong to a family that saw generation after generation serving in our country’s various military branches. So it goes without saying that I truly respect and appreciate the many who have served our country. I don’t merely state this gratitude. I’ve also matched my vocal support for the men and women of our armed services by partnering with leaders in Las Vegas to grow Veterans Village, a complex that houses over 350 veterans and their family members. It gives these heroes that would otherwise be homeless a place to find shelter.

But with all that being said, I would be remiss if I stayed silent and did not join my brothers in solitude, standing up against the forces who choose to ignore the cry to end police brutality, the systemic oppression against people of color and the criminal justice system.

The misconception that is being spread, that we as athletes should stay silent in itself is offensive. Throughout the many black and brown communities in the U.S., we only have our athletes and entertainers as a rule of measure, to find inspiration and motivation to keep the faith, letting our neighbors, friends and family know that they’re not alone in their pursuit of the American dream.

So, as only as I know to do being a former running back, I stand with my new quarterback Colin Kaepernick and will pick up the blitz against hate as he leads us with his bold stance against such injustices.

By | 2017-09-25T16:09:27+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Blog, News|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Cesar Pellicer September 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    You have all my respect.
    Tienes todonmi respeto.
    I am with you
    Estoy contigo.

  2. Kim September 25, 2017 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Please do not disrespect yourself by including your eloquent words with that of the entertainment industry that only speak up to hear their own voices and get their pictures shown. I only hope is that the men taking a knee are praying for peace.

  3. W. Weaherspoon September 26, 2017 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Thank you Steven. Why are our many Veterans homeless and jobless? Those who are so against the kneeling protest should chanel their energy toward supporting our veterans. This is where the dishonor festers.

  4. mark September 26, 2017 at 5:09 am - Reply

    correct, good call

  5. Patti Balderson September 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    There is a time and a place to protest whatever wrongs and injustices that have been inflicted on whatever race you are. tt is heartbreaking to watch anyone disrespect our Flag and our National Anthem, that so many have fought for and given their lives to protect our rights and our freedoms. This country, though it is far from perfect has given us a multitude of opportunities to be whatever we want to be, given us the freedom to pursue our dreams and live along side with our brothers and sisters of all colors and walks of life. We as a country have overcome many obstacles and injustices, together, we can overcome more, but, divided we will fall. There are good, loving people all around, there are also people that are horrible, to say the least. There are good cops and bad cops. I believe All Lives Matter and pray that the people of this country can come together in unity instead of divisity. From the time you stepped on the Ram’s turf, you were one of my favorite players! You’ve always been a stand up guy,. I grew up in Henderson and went to Basic High School. My Dad still lives in Henderson and my Mom still lives in Vegas. My Dad was a teacher and my Mom was a principal. I love Southern Nevada, it will always be home to me. Thank you for giving your time to worthy causes in the Vegas community. I will not kneel and disrespect the country that has given me the freedom to live as I choose. Thanks for listening.

  6. James Howard Youngblood September 27, 2017 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Mr. Jackson, I respect your views and disagree with our president on calling for the players to be fired. As a white male, I will never experience the issues that blacks face. That being said, allow me to say that many feel this protest is an insult. Not the fact that you are protesting, but how. My family among them. I completely accept the way the Cowboys chose to protest this week. That was truly a way to get everyone’s attention and yet, not insult their fans. You see, players have the right to do what they are doing and, as a teacher I tell my students this. But, when you are trying to get people who maybe don’t see things your way to sit down and have a discussion, insulting them is not the way to do so. The players want people to listen about social injustice, but they are not listening themselves to millions of their fans. We support their right to protest. We do not support how they have chosen to protest. You are a respected man, use your influence to help them find a better way of protesting that will actually lead to results. This protest will only further divide us if it continues. I have always been one of your biggest fans. My cousin Jack played for the Rams for many, many years. I support you, but ask that you please work on a more productive way.

  7. Gene Newburgh September 28, 2017 at 12:11 am - Reply

    Thank you for your eloquent explanation of support for all. .A previous comment by a teacher states it is not respectful, and I have to politely disagree. Obviously, Collin’s brave, non-destructive action got attention for many for the first time, to cause such a national discussion, fanned by Trump’s emotional reaction. You have shown more support for the flag, the country and veterans especially, than probably all of your responders collectively, so your decision to speak up is valued, needs to be heard; you have credibility.. You have always shown respect for everyone and you have put your words into action with your fiscal and emotional support of veterans. Once again, you amaze me, -as you have done since your first month at OSU- with your ability to vocalize the importance of seeing all sides of an issue and respectfully explaining it to others who may jump to emotional conclusions and not listen to another’s opinion. This university teacher,advisor adds, “Well said, Steven! Thank you!” Hope this finds you well!!! PS Miss your dreads… 🙂

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