Sportscaster Dale Hansen of Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA—whose excellent work we have shouted out before—offered a beautifully strong and clear defense of the national anthem protests on his segment tonight.
Hansen, a Vietnam veteran, takes down the idea that the protests disrespect the country or the military:
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 racists among us to say otherwise.
Dale Hansen been keeping it 💯 for years pic.twitter.com/1pRFCt1Y6Q
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) September 26, 2017
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.