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Linking arms, but not minds

NFL owners should be flagged for excessive shrewdness. They’ve managed to obfuscate a legitimate protest against police brutality that had, at least briefly, heightened the nation’s consciousness about a serious issue.
Colin Kaepernick started it last season by quietly taking a knee during the National Anthem. His reward was being blacklisted by the NFL, even as several teams turned to clearly less capable quarterbacks.
Then, a few weeks ago, Donald Trump got into the act, slamming NFL players who would dare join the protest, calling them SOBs who should be fired. That prompted more players to step up ...


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