Dallas’ WFAA sportscaster Dale Hansen delivered a passionate speech about NFL players taking a knee in protest of President Trump and his supporters.
In a Media Matters video, Hansen began by pointing out that not many cared last year when 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled in protest of police brutality and racial inequality – but now that Trump has injected himself into the fray, Hansen noted, Trump called “those players names I never thought I’d live long enough to hear a president say—and now everybody cares.”
Hansen censured Trump for calling “peaceful protest” an “American right,” — just not this particular protest.
“There’s the problem,” Hansen argued. “Any protest that you don’t agree with is a protest that should be stopped.”
“Martin Luther King should have marched across a different bridge. Young black Americans should’ve gone to a different college and found a different lunch counter, and college kids in the ’60s had no right to protest an immoral war.”
Hansen recalled his own service during the Vietnam War:
“But I served anyway,” Hansen explained “My best friend was killed in Vietnam. Carroll Meyer will be 18 years old forever, and he did not die so that you could decide who is a patriot and who loves America more.”
Hansen then got to the meat of his argument:
“The young black athletes are not disrespecting America or the military by taking a knee during the anthem. They are respecting the best thing about America. It’s a dog whistle to the racist among us to say otherwise.”
“They—and all of us–should protest how black Americans are treated in this country, and if you don’t think white privilege is a fact, you don’t understand America.”
He also said that Trump routinely lashes out at marginalized people but says nothing about the “white men who marched under a Nazi flag in Charlottesville.”
“Maybe we all need to read the Constitution again,” Hansen said. “Our forefathers… respected the country they fought for and founded a great deal more than the self-proclaimed patriots who are simply hypocrites.”
Watch his speech via Media Matters: