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Sidelined Football Star Eric Reid Continues Protests as He Returns to NFL

HeadlineOct 02, 2018

In sports news, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid reported to practice for the first time in nine months, after the NFL player spent the better part of a year as an unsigned free agent following his participation in protests during the national anthem led by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Speaking to reporters Monday, wearing a shirt that read “#IMWITHKAP,” Eric Reid said he wouldn’t rule out further protests.

Eric Reid: “Next year will be 2019. It will mark 400 years since the first slave touched the soil in this country. That’s 400 years of systemic oppression. That’s slavery, Jim Crow, new Jim Crow, mass incarceration, you name it. The Great Depression, they come out with the New Deal. Black people didn’t have access to those government stimulus packages. The New Deal set up what is known as the modern-day middle class. We didn’t have access to those programs, the GI Bill, Social Security, home loans, none of that. So this has been happening since my people have gotten here.”

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