Malcolm Jenkins, as us Philly fans know and love him, has grown to more than just the defensive threat we know him to be. With the NFL in the recent uproar regarding the peaceful protests initiated by quarterback-turned activist Colin Kaepernick, Jenkins has taken it upon himself to shed light on the meaning behind the protests and how they are commonly misunderstood. Per Jenkins’ tweet on September 6th,
“In Our Own Words, This Is Not About Protest. This is about Reform. #PlayersCoalition”.
Philadelphia’s prized defender went on to explain that the demonstrations are doing a lot more legwork than can be seen to the naked eye. While a clear answer to the problem of injustice is still vacant, Jenkins argues that the fact that the conversation is being had is significant in that any problem being solved starts with the conversation.
“That’s where these demonstrations are useful because regardless of how you feel about them, they keep that conversation going. Guys have gone back and forth as to if it is effective or not, or if it’s a distraction, but there is the awful truth that if we just go and do the work silently, it doesn’t get the attention that it needs. So whether you think it is a protest or a demonstration, really, it doesn’t matter. As long as we are keeping these conversations going long enough to redirect some of that attention to the work, to the actual call to action, it’s worth it.”- per Bleacher Report.
The Eagles corner also has been proactive and vocal in his belief in the importance of the bond between law and enforcement and the community. He believes that they are to be held more accountable by their actions, not only by their fellow officers but by the commoners of the neighborhood.
Can we thank Colin Kaepernick for starting a movement in the NFL? Absolutely. But Malcolm Jenkins, along with other compliant NFL players, are speaking up about their beliefs and efforts to take the first step in the right direction toward social justice.