“The flag is not designed to divide us, it’s designed to unite us. And, so, no matter what side you’re on, you can’t politicize oppression,” former NFL Safety Jack Brewer said Tuesday, commenting on current players’ protests during the National Anthem at games.
“We’re not supposed to bow down to anything other than God,” the former Minnesota Viking and current ordained minister and college professor said in an interview on Fox & Friends First, in which he spoke out against bullying others into knelling in protest of racial injustice. Instead, he said, players should kneel in prayer and seek solutions:
“People that are oppressed – the Word teaches us and the Bible teaches us to go out and love thy neighbor and actually serve the oppressed. It says nothing about finding symbolisms and ideals to divide us.
“And, I’ll say this, as well: the Bible also says in Exodus 20 and 2 that we’re not supposed to bow down to anything other than God. And so, I don’t like when people are trying to force folks.
“I know, for me spiritually, I’m not going to knell down on this. I’m praying. I’m knelling down and humbling myself before the Father in Heaven.”
Still, Brewer said, he’ll never condemn any protest he disagrees with – as long as it’s peaceful:
“I’m never going to condemn a peaceful protest, even if I disagree with it. And so, I will say, when you start to fight in that regard, you’re taking your eye off the enemy. And, I think that’s what’s starting to happen in the country.”
Brewer said he hopes NFL players won’t protest the American flag at games in the future, because the controversy distracts from the real issues that plague Black communities:
“If we do start to see this political divide again, it’s going to really take our eyes off the issues. And, we’re not going to be able to address the fact that we have such a high percentage of black men not graduating from high school and we have broken family units in the Black community that are really at the root and the core of a lot of our issues.
“So, there are things that we can actually do, as a nation, together united, that if we continue to fight over who’s kneeling and who’s standing for the flag, we’re just going to take our eyes off the true enemy.”