Amy Schumer Wonders Why More White NFL Players Don’t Kneel: ‘How Are You Not Complicit?’

“Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country… why not kneel next to your brothers?” the comedian writes

Comedian Amy Schumer questions why more white players in the National Football League aren’t kneeling in protest with their fellow teammates.

Schumer took to Instagram on Friday to offer some thoughts on the protests during the National Anthem and to support activist and former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit?” Schumer wrote in her post. “Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what [Colin Kaepernick] is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?”

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Friday thought. I wonder why more white players aren’t kneeling. Once you witness the truly deep inequality and endless racism people of color face in our country, not to mention the police brutality and murders. Why not kneel next to your brothers? Otherwise how are you not complicit? I think it would be cool if @maroon5 backed out of super bowl like @badgalriri Did. I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all i got. Hitting the nfl with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the nfl is like opposing the nra. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color. And the hottest thing a guy can do is get down on one knee. Not to propose but to reject the treatment of his teammates by this country. Anyone who says its disrespectful to our military please read up on the fact that a lot of veterans are proud of what @kaepernick7 is doing and fully support him. What are your thoughts?

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Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem before NFL games during the 2016 season as a means of raising awareness, and protesting racial inequality in America and the shooting deaths of unarmed black men, women and children by police officers.

The number of NFL players taking up the protest and kneeling during the anthem has dwindled as the league has attempted to curtail the issue.

The protests created a firestorm in the media and among football fans. President Donald Trump made the protests one of his main issues on Twitter, saying that players who kneel during the National Anthem should be fired.

Schumer also said it “would be cool” if Maroon 5 pulled out of performing in the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show and noted that she told her reps she wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year.

“I know it must sound like a privilege a– sacrifice but it’s all I got,” Schumer wrote. “Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them. I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? Stand up for your brothers and sisters of color.”

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