“White people do not get to tell blacks folks or anybody else what is an acceptable form of protest,” said CNN’s Symone Sanders.
Sanders made the comments in response to CNN colleague Ben Ferguson’s criticisms of NFL players’ recent anti-American expressions; particularly during pre-game playings of the national anthem.
Partial transcript below.
FERGUSON: As long as the NFL is consistently coming out there disrespecting this country, I expect the President of the United States of America to not attend an event where people are disrespecting the United States of America and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. I don’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat. …
You have a duty, an obligation as President of the United States of America to leave a situation where people are basically giving the middle finger to the men and women that have fought and protected this country.
SANDERS: No one’s giving the finger, that is false and you should be ashamed to be perpetuating this lie. There are veterans and folks who are saying that these players have a right. No, you don’t get to. Ben, white people do not get to tell blacks folks or anybody else what is an acceptable form of protest.
FERGUSON: Not everything’s about race, Symone.
SANDERS: Maybe not for you, it is. But for folks who are protesting police brutality, it absolutely is about race.
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