By Malcolm Jenkins, a safety and defensive team captain with the Philadelphia Eagles, playing his ninth season in the NFL, as originally published in the Washington Post
A year ago, I was one of several NFL players who began demonstrating in the hope of sparking conversation about injustice in our country. That effort has now grown to include players and teams across the league, as we proclaim together that we believe in equality and justice for everyone. We understand that these conversations are often uncomfortable, but they are important for progress. Our demonstrations have never been about the symbols and traditions we use to honor America. They have been about us as citizens making sure we hold America to the ideals and promises that make this country great.
We believe our country can do better — can be better.
In the past year, more than 40 NFL players have joined Anquan Boldin, who retired this summer after 14 seasons, and me to form a Players Coalitiondedicated to improving our criminal-justice system.
We want to lend our voices to changing this flawed system, which is crippling our nation and especially affects people who are poor or of color. We have gone
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