BY Art Thiel 03:06PM 05/29/2020

Thiel: ‘How many more?’ asks Seahawks’ Collier

Plotting a comeback on the field, Seahawks’ second-year DE L.J. Collier also wonders how many more African Americans must die at the hands of police.

DE L.J. Collier is recovered from a rare foot and ankle sprain that ruined his rookie season. / Seahawks.com

We interrupt this sports column to discuss what cannot be unseen even by the most ardent sports fan seeking shelter from the storm of bad news.

“At what point,” said Seahawks DE L.J. Collier Friday morning, “do people have to continue to be killed, just for somebody to understand what being black is like?”

Collier was on a Zoom conference with Seattle sports reporters. As one of the more mysterious figures in the Seahawks 2020 roster, he talked easily about his rookie year mostly lost to injury, and his plans for redemption. That can be read below.

He was also asked what he thought about the past four days in Minneapolis, rent asunder following the murder of a handcuffed, prone African American man by four policemen in broad daylight on a public street.

The astonishingly avoidable death of George Floyd was recorded on a cell-phone video that has become the view across the globe of an America staggering in the middle of a pandemic while also bleeding heavily from the latest self-inflicted racial wounds.

“This is what we go through every day, that being pulled over, you don’t know what’s gonna happen,” said Collier, a member of a sports league whose rosters are 70 percent black. “Nobody wants to live with that . . . what do we have to do for you to hear us? It’s just a sad thing.

“I wish it would have been handled better. I feel like this should open doors to help people understand what’s going on in this world —  how people of color are being oppressed.”

At 24, Collier isn’t old enough to recall that the same sentiment was often expressed following six days of riots in Watts in 1965 after a clash between Los Angeles police and unarmed black motorists after a traffic stop. He’s not even old enough to remember the same neighborhood was plundered in 1992 after four officers were acquitted of assault despite video of them beating Rodney King, an African American driver stopped for suspected DUI.

But he is old enough to have heard, “I can’t breathe” twice in five years from black victims, investigated for misdemeanor crimes, in the hands of police who suffocated them on the street. The first was the 2014 death of Eric Garner in New York.

These and many other episodes were followed by lamentations, promises and protests, including those before NFL games, begun by then-49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.  Kids younger than Collier have many examples from which to choose in deciding whether doors have opened.

According to the manager of the store Floyd visited just before his death, the forgery complaint that prompted the call to police was over a $20 bill that he may or may not have known was counterfeit. Vanita Williams, who knew Floyd and witnessed his death, told BuzzFeed News he had been hospitalized with COVID-19 last month and had just recovered.

“He survived corona,” she said, “and couldn’t survive going to the store.”

The torching of a police precinct headquarters and the the looting of neighborhood stores in Minneapolis Thursday night were the ghastly results of the rage following Floyd’s death, plus the subsequent delay in the arrest of the officers who were fired within 24 hours of the episode.

Prosecutors obviously have an investigation and a protocol to follow, but they missed an opportunity to forestall the worst reaction, had the cops been charged and arrested more quickly with a lesser crime such as negligence or assault, ahead of the longer murder investigation.

The mistake was oxygen to fuel the Thursday night riot, abetted early Friday morning by the Arsonist-in-Chief.

President Trump, who in 2017 called NFL players who protested police brutality “sons of bitches,” described in a tweet the Minneapolis rioters as “thugs,” and threatened to use military force to gun down fellow Americans, because “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The reprehensibility of the tweet was industrial strength on so many levels. But rather than me explain it, let’s turn to a formidable Trump ally, Rush Limbaugh.

On his radio show this week, Limbaugh praised Trump for being “clever” for throwing out baseless conspiracy theories, such as the claim that the 2001 death of a legislative staffer for Joe Scarborough, then a congressman and now an MSNBC anchor often critical of him, was not an accident but a murder covered up.

Limbaugh claimed that Trump didn’t say it was true, but was merely repeating what was said by others.

“So Trump is just throwing gasoline on a fire here, and he’s having fun watching the flames — and he’s having fun watching these holier-than-thou leftist journalists react like their moral sensibilities have been forever rocked and can never recover,” he concluded.

Well, even some of Trump’s most non-leftist defenders failed to see the cleverness, including Sen. Liz Cheney telling Trump to “stop it.”

But Limbaugh’s description of Trump “having fun watching the flames” was an unintentionally apt descriptor of the president’s reckless impulse to call on soldiers to join police in killing Americans in Minneapolis.

The more that Americans are pitted against Americans, the more Tump believes it helps his re-election chances. He enjoys the flames of conflict. Unquestionably an igniter and not a uniter, Trump made a horrible situation in Minneapolis worse.

Collier’s aspiration to turn tragedy into opportunity is admirable. As it has been for years. But nothing lately suggests the corner is coming. Our fractured culture remains a round building.

Collier on football

Speaking from his home in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Collier was persuaded that his second season in Seattle — after being labeled unfairly as a first-round draft bust — will provide a stark difference.

“I’m out there to prove that I’m one helluva football player, and I’m going to show them that this year,” he said. “I didn’t have the type of year that everybody wanted me to have, so it kind of shifts you off to the side. I felt very disrespected.

“It’s time to eat.”

In the first week of training camp in July, Collier (6-3, 291 pounds) had an ankle and foot sprain coach Pete Carroll called “rare,” and was sufficiently severe to ruin his season. He got in 11 games, but only as a rotational guy, for 152 snaps. He had three tackles. He was a healthy scratch for five games.

Not what the Seahawks foresaw for a guy taken 29th overall from Texas Christian.

Collier conceded he may have rushed his return.

“I was definitely 100 percent; I got to where I could play,” he said. “I thought there were times where maybe I should have waited longer. But I wanted to play.”

With one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL with Jadeveon Clowney in 2019, it is imperative that Collier come through in Clowney’s continuing absence. The Seahawks see for him a role similar to that of DE Michael Bennett, who played early downs on the outside, then moved inside on third down, when the Seattle defense owned the NFL.

“It’s  inside and out — I’m excited for it,” Collier said. “I’m athletic guy and I know what I’ve been doing inside with my quickness and my strength. Whatever I can do to get on the field.”


YourThoughts

  • rosetta_stoned

    The more that Americans are pitted against Americans, the more Tump believes it helps his re-election chances.

    Yeah. Because everything was just unicorn farts and pixie dust before that Trump guy came along. I mean, there weren’t any race riots during the eight years of President Precious.

    • eYeROQ

      You’re engaging in naked deflection since no one ever said there weren’t race issues when Obama was president. But it’s irrefutable Trump has made things worse by consistently pouring oil on the fire throughout his presidency. He’s a destroyer, not a uniter. You’re blind if you can’t see this.

      • James

        Far too many shit-for-brains republicans in this country.

        • 1coolguy

          Another intelligent snowflake. I hope you melt after Trump wins again in November. BTW, supporting the Ho Clinton is no badge of honor.

          • James

            Trump can’t “win” reelection, but buying it is a possibility. Any POS can run up trillions upon trillions of dollars of debt.

          • Seattle Psycho

            When the looting starts, the shooting starts. That in and of itself should be the nail in the coffin of his re-election chances. How often does he need to prove he does not care before people get it. Of course he played dumb when asked why he used that little rhyme, saying he did not know when it was originally used. Like I am to believe he came up with that all by himself.

          • Husky73

            He also reTweeted a video of “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat” and said thanks.

    • Tim

      Strawman doesn’t fly with smart people. But logical fallacies and Republicans go hand in hand.

    • 1coolguy

      Exactly! Mr Teflon, the Empty Suit, has been given a total pass for 8 years of nothing, unless you were Russia or China, who made hay knowing the Spineless jive in the WH wouldn’t do jack. Crimea, Syria, Libya and South China Sea are ALL on Obama, the wimp.

      • art thiel

        See above for whataboutism.

      • tor5

        If only Trump would do nothing. But he works tirelessly every day to divide the country and promote bizarre lies. And here we are. Death and rioting.

      • Seattle Psycho

        Let’s see, hmmm, Libya he went to Congress to get permission like the Constitution and War Powers Act said he was supposed to and Moscow Mitch said no. Yep, he sent troops to Syria to do what he could without starting a fight with Trump’s pal Putin and Russia. I was part of CJTF-OIR in 2018 working logistics to get the troops there the things they needed. All that hard work when the current head of the executive branch told us to leave quickly. You know who was in Syria at that time? His pal Vlad.

        • art thiel

          Thanks for the reminder of the Syria giveaway. That seems like 20 betrayals ago.

    • art thiel

      American history is littered with political demagogues and extremist ideologies of left and right. But Trump is the first to succeed where George Wallace failed.

    • James

      “The more that Americans are pitted against Americans, the more Trump believes it helps his re-election chances.”

      Trump wants a civil war because he thinks he and the conservative base will win it, thereby making America “great” again.

      • Husky73

        When people comment about “another civil war,” I have some questions. Who are the sides? Is it political, geographic or religious? Am I supposed to walk across the cul de sac and shoot my neighbor? Will there be flags? Will there be uniforms? Will it be Adidas vs Nike? Where will this war be fought? Will there be sponsors and scoreboards? Will it be televised (if only Jim McKay was still with us!) ? Will Bob Costas call the action? Will it be civil? Exactly how will this war work?

        • James

          Don’t have all all the answers. I would prefer to to have Washington state join Canada rather than engage in Trump’s civil war and ethnic cleansing.

        • art thiel

          I appreciate the attempt at sarcasm, but I’m not finding the humor.

  • rosetta_stoned

    BTW, it was the governor of Minnesota who actually called out all those soldiers ready to kill Americans. But. Trump.

    • eYeROQ

      Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^Trump’s twitter quote that Twitter was forced to flag as violating Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.

      This comes less than 24 hours after he retweeted a call to kill Democrats.

      • 1coolguy

        Kill Dems? Now that’s actually intelligent! Start with the hag in Congress!

        • eYeROQ

          Heil.

          • Bruce McDermott

            Somebody has jumped the shark. “Ho,” “hag,” killing Democrats, Hannity-style whataboutism, etc….and of course paeans to our Dear Leader at every opportunity. Cry the beloved country.

          • art thiel

            I hope to hang on to civil discourse here. Am I toiling in vain, Bruce?

          • Alan Harrison

            Civil discourse may end up being the buggy whip of a just society in 2020.

        • art thiel

          You other commenters advocating violence:

          Stop.

          Now.

        • Tim

          Wow. I can’t believe I’m reading this. You need help my friend.

    • art thiel

      Governors have the authority to call the National Guard. Trump referred to “the military” in his tweet. It’s illegal to use federal troops in such a situation.

      • BB46

        Trump seems to care little for what is or what isn’t legal.

      • 2nd place is 1st loser

        Posse Comitatus, it’s been around awhile.

  • BB46

    Police training HAS to change. They do come into contact with strung out druggies and big time crooks but to treat everybody like that is as wrong as being a big time crook. My opinion is race is the issue that is seen to keep focus off the bigger problem. That is income inequality. Plus there are bigger problems that that.
    Trump is the most unpresidential president ever. He is a republican which means he is supported by only rich business interests. He would never care about Floyd because Floyd could never do anything for him.
    What is correct and true isn’t important anymore. The only correctness that counts is political correctness. Mostly lies that can be twisted to gather better poll numbers. It’s VERY unfortunate but society has evolved to where greed has now trumped compassion.
    Police have a tough enough job on its own. When police thugs kill any suspects a red light has to go off and something NEEDS to change because that should NEVER happen unless others citizens are at risk. Obviously a man complaining he can’t breath because an officer has a knee on his neck isn’t much of a threat. Sure, being a police officer is a dangerous job. Takes a special kind of person who can do that job well. Even if trained properly which I have to wonder if suspects of passing a bad $20 are killed then is anybody safe from those hired to “Protect and Serve”.

    • Husky73

      If Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan or George H.W. Bush were alive today, they would be absolutely HORRIFIED by Trump. Bush43 killed Saddam. Obama killed Bin Laden. Trump killed the Republican Party. If allowed, he will kill the Constitution.

      • 1coolguy

        Don’t get me started on Obama, and Bush has the Iraq war around his neck, the worst decision in the history of the US, costing too many lives and more than $5 trillion!
        Apparently you missed the news the leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi (which started under Obama, thank you) was killed on Trump’s watch, as was the leader of the Iran Quds forces, Soleimani, who have spread terror throughout the Middle East. I guess CNN didn’t let you in on that one either.

        • art thiel

          This is why I don’t like whataboutism: Every president, every elected, every voter has unclean hands about something. That includes me and you, coolguy. Regarding presidencies, I tend to value leadership that is willing to use compromise to advance legislation that provides at least some societal good. It mostly worked for the first 200 years or so.

        • James

          Trump has the COVID crisis around his neck, the worst “indecision” in the history of the US, costing hundreds of thousands of lives that were preventable, and racking up trillions upon trillions in debt that will crush future generations. Maybe the debt will just magically go away on its own, like he said the coronavirus would. It would be funny, except for all the death and suffering.

          • Husky73

            The Trump Presidency….100,000+ dead (and counting), 40 million unemployed, trillions added to the deficit and debt, impeached and armies in the street.

          • Seattle Psycho

            Don’t forget his Executive Order allowing him to tell any lie he wants to. Funny how he wants to regulate social media but deregulate everything else.

    • 1coolguy

      Another Trump rant – You are a fool. He was in DC not Minnesota, or did CNN say he was there? Get a life.
      Oh, and I’m sure you ranted against Obama when the many police on black incidents occurred during his 8 years, didn’t you?

    • art thiel

      I have always said that the police are the last, worst defense for a civil society that is uncivil, intentionally or otherwise, to many of its people.

      The virus has laid it bare: Many of the “essential” workers are people we pay and treat least well: Agriculture, transpo, security, hospitality, food chain, etc.

  • Husky73

    When the mood strikes me, I write an epistle. My latest epistle is simply a list. It is titled ,”26 signs that you are a fever-dreaming member of a dangerous and deranged political cult.” Sign #22 is, “You believe that Rush Limbaugh is a deserving recipient of the Medal of Freedom.”

    • James

      You can’t talk any sense into republicans, and you can’t nuke them. America’s wasteland.

      • 1coolguy

        Get off the republican rant – it simply shows your stupidity and how shallow you are. This is a sports column, leave your tacky comments for CNN

        • art thiel

          Coolguy, we’ve been over this. Yes, it’s a sports column, but as your boy Kilmeade said on FOX recently, “fences and walls don’t work.”

          https://www.salon.com/2020/05/21/fox-and-friends-host-brian-kilmeade-makes-an-unexpected-admission-wall-and-fences-dont-work/

        • Husky73

          Sign #16 is, “You believe that a massive, coordinated liberal conspiracy (fake news) across the entire main stream media (especially CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post and MSNBC) exists solely to discredit Trump and the conservatives, that the Constitutionally mandated free and open press is the enemy of the people, and that truth is found on Fox News (except for Chris Wallace and Juan Williams.)” …1cool, Bush43 killed Saddam. Obama killed Bin Laden. Trump killed the Republican Party. If Eisenhower, Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Bush41 were alive today, they would be HORRIFIED by Trump.

          • BB46

            Husky,, Can’t trust any news for true, real stories. Especially if the story would ruffle a few feathers by being a bit more true and accurate than the media’s owners would prefer. There is no Walter Cronkite, Harry Reasoner types that “We the People” developed trust in. Trust to actually inform us. I don’t know if journalists could dig for a deep, dark story that people should know about without ending up dead under suspicious circumstances.
            One looks at the world and see’s so many problems,,,,,,. But no real solutions that have any chance of success. Our politicians are owned by the same owners who control everything else. “We the People” have 1 vote but it’s for either a “D” or a “R” and neither will do anything good for the working class. The blue collar working class have no representation in national politics because we can’t afford to get in the game. Power is $$$ and $$$ is power. The big 2 political parties will NEVER allow a 3rd player to compete. There is to much $$$ at stake.

    • BB46

      Limbaugh is nothing but a propaganda mouthpiece for rich conservatives. Mixes his cool aid every day. Have to know there is never any value there. Or truth.

  • Williec

    Go Collier, thanks Art.

    • art thiel

      You’re welcome.

  • 1coolguy

    Obviously the policemen blew it, big time. The guy was belligerent and was called by a store for passing a fake $20 bill, but what the police did is stunning and inexcusable. Arrest the guy and be done with it. Kneeling on the guys neck? Really? Amazing.
    What is also a shame are the rioters torching their own neighborhood – Their own stores. Now they have to travel to shop and I’m sure that area will be a ghost town now, as a business owner who has just been torched ain’t coming back.
    So you have Floyd acting stupid, the police actually killing the guy over 20 bucks, the innocent store owners shut down, jobs gone and the locals having the neighborhood turned into a no-mans land, thanks to a rioting crowd.
    What an F’ing mess!
    Here’s the actual formal complaint the describes fairly well what happened:
    https://www.startribune.com/read-the-complaint-charging-derek-chauvin-in-the-death-of-george-floyd/570870791/

    • eYeROQ

      They tried taking a knee and you didn’t like that either, who can blame them for saying “f*** y**”?

      “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

      Who ever thought JFK would have been talking about the United States Of America? Yet … here we are.

    • art thiel

      I’m guessing you’re old enough to remember, or at least have read about, the 1965 Watts riots. Six days. Same thing. Historically, the poorest people impacted the most by social and legal injustice don’t rent buses or Ubers to the suburbs to REALLY scare white people. They lash out where they are, and yes, they damage minority-owned businesses and people. It’s what happens when you’re out of options for conventional redress of grievances that have proven minimally responsive.

      • LarryLurex70

        Nailed it, Thiel.

      • Alan Harrison

        Maybe the world is getting smaller now. I remember Watts, but that was 1965. Most people remember 1992’s riots in Los Angeles did the same thing. This time, it’s telling that some of the areas being affected (in LA, anyway, according to my relatives) include Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice, and other moneyed, generally white neighborhoods. I don’t know what that portends, but maybe the non-violent route just doesn’t work to get social change enacted. White moderation may be the worst enemy of all – those who wish unjust peace over radical change. Just some thoughts.

    • LarryLurex70

      What would actually help move the needle in the conversation surrounding the issue is for certain people to hopefully one day be just as outraged and offended by the loss of life as they are about the loss of property that succeeded it.

      • art thiel

        Well said.

  • DB

    ‘Using violence to overcome racism is not only impractical, it’s immoral.’ -Martin Luther King. And, he also said: “ “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

    The political ‘leadership’ that has confused peaceful protest with violent criminal acts, and has stood by while neighborhoods and businesses have been burned and destroyed have simply chosen ideology over their most central responsibilities of protecting the public. We see the same mentality in our own fair city where law enforcement has been neutered and folks are put right back onto the street the next day after assaulting another citizen or breaking into a building to steal. The sympathy is for the perpetrator, not the innocent citizen or business. The associated violence is dismissed as being ‘justified’.

    • art thiel

      Never in a democratic society is there a clean line between incitements, be they police or protesters. At this point in our current travails, the leadership is being forced to ask people to trust the system (obey the law) that they view (via Floyd, et al) has betrayed them. The impossibility is being exploited by Antifa types on the left and white nationalists on the right, who share the same goal of civil collapse.

      • DB

        I agree. However, there is a clean line between peaceful protest (which I believe is actually more powerful), and violent protest. One is legal and should be very protected. The other is illegal and should not be. We are either a nation of laws, or not. When our leaders ignore our laws or purposefully neglect to enforce them, they invite violence and anarchy.

        • art thiel

          I agree in principle. But the facts of human society are irrefutable: Until the people in charge are made to feel uncomfortable and threatened, change is unlikely. If you’re old enough, you’ll know that the Vietnam War protests, often violent, were what turned Lyndon Johnson and others in political leadership into abandoning the futile enterprise.

          • BB46

            My favorite quote Art is ,,, The system is broken. But the only people who can fix it are the ones who benefit the most from having it broken.

  • DB

    We can only hope that LJ will stay healthy this season and can feed on that sizable chip of disrespect on his shoulder.

    • art thiel

      Hey, you read it all the way through. Thanks.

      • DB

        Always. I don’t want to miss a word. Sometimes 2 or 3 times. They are that good, Art.

        • art thiel

          Thanks.

      • Husky73

        Yeah…..football.

  • Robert Rhodes

    “…what do we have to do for you to hear us?” Thank you for reporting this young man’s anguished question. To me, it is the heart of the column. What he makes of his season is on him, his teammates and coaches. We will be specators and fans. The answer to his question? That’s on us. It demands that we move from spectator to participant, from fan to citizen.

    • art thiel

      That’s why his words needed to be high up. His thoughts are representative of what so many athletes think. They, as well as those who disagree, deserve to be heard.

      • Robert Rhodes

        Wouldn’t it be great if the owners of NFL teams had sufficient respect for their players,and the challenges they face in society, that they supported players speaking out. That kind of leadership could make a difference.

        • art thiel

          There is an opportunity here. I’m skeptical it will be taken.

          • LarryLurex70

            They already showed their true colours when faced with the opportunity 3-4 years ago before they/the league hijacked the narrative and turned it into an arm-in-arm love fest. I lost interest when it jumped the shark after Jerry Jones took a knee. I don’t think he’s aware of what he was kneeling for, though. It certainly couldn’t have been in solidarity with anything even remotely related to why Kaepernick and Reid kneeled.

  • Quackhead

    An important column, Art.
    Well written/stated. Good Work. Thank-you.

    • art thiel

      Some would disagree. You’re welcome.

  • jafabian

    I share in LJ’s frustrations. Ahmaud Arbery, Breona Stewart, George Floyd. African Americans senselessly gunned down this month by police. Asian Americans being threatened with racist taunts, Latin Americans are prohibited from flying into the US. All this month. The direction of the US is going down a path that Dr. King died to prevent. He once said “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish as fools.” What’s needed is a voice that can be one of reason and unite all. Not having multiple governors, senators and congressmen giving differing statements. In recent times the lines have become more and more divided and that needs to stop in order for our country to move forward.

    Remember to vote this November.

    • BB46

      You have to understand that the owners of this country want the blue collar working class divided so “We” won’t be able to put the power available if we ever got together. In a crisis the owners will bail out their own. The working class (And that is all races and colors) has it all fall on our heads. Keep in mind the media is controlled by those owners. We see and hear what they allow us to see and hear.

    • art thiel

      The obstacle to “bringing us together” is the belief promulgated by hard-right types such as Steve Bannon that a “deep state” exists that is out to destroy America. FOX has promoted it for 20 years, and has made believers nearly fact-proof.

      The view was cinematically embodied by Gen. Jack D. Ripper in “Dr. Strangelove”:

      “Do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake? Children’s ice cream!”

      • Husky73

        There is an international communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all our precious bodily fluids.

  • ll9956

    “The torching of a police precinct headquarters and the the looting of neighborhood stores in Minneapolis Thursday night were the ghastly results of the rage following Floyd’s death . . . ” These activities are unlawful, but totally understandable and definitely not surprising. When people are enraged, they lash out at anything in sight.

    In all the articles I’ve read about this horror, I’ve yet to come across any in which a reporter who has access asked the medics whether there was any effort to resuscitate Floyd either before or after they put him in the ambulance. I suspect such an effort would have been unsuccessful, since he was unresponsive for about three minutes before the medics arrived.

  • Paul Sherman

    Thank you, Art, for speaking about what is important in our lives. The outrage of the average American needs voices like yours to give sense to this hatred and bigotry.

    • art thiel

      Thanks, Paul.

  • Husky73

    “How many more?” <—-David Crosby at the end of Neil Young's OHIO….1970.

  • Tman

    “When there is no justice there is violence.” Voltaire

  • Tman

    Be in this mess if Michael Bennett’s well thought out plan with his fellow NFL players had been implemented by the NFL instead of ignored?

    • art thiel

      By default, many NFL fans helped make indirectly the choice between Kap’s knee and the cop’s knee.

      • Tman

        There was a time, not long ago, when we should all have taken a knee. Perhaps this situation might never have happened. Prosecute police for their murders and this violence against citizens will stop.

  • Fu Bar

    Excellent article Art. Thanks. (And your comment responses are spot-on as well.)

  • Kirkland

    This country is broken. There’s nothing else I can say.

    • James

      We are witness to the death of America. This is what it looks like, and it gets worse.

  • coug73

    I wish Mr. Colliier a healthy and productive NFL career.

  • Guy K. Browne

    Trevor Noah posted a video yesterday which is worth watching. Boiling it down, he talks about the “social contract” that citizens of a society have with each other to act lawfully and be good citizens. But what happens when an entire cross section of society, based solely on the color of their skin, has never been party to the benefits of the social contract? How can we as so called society expect compliance with a social contract that flows only one way?