Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson is taking a stand against what he believes is the “ultimate form of racism” — but he’s not taking a knee during the national anthem.
Rather, Watson believes abortion is a plague on the black community.
“I do know that blacks kind of represent a large portion of the abortions, and I do know that honestly the whole idea with Planned Parenthood and Sanger in the past was to exterminate blacks,” Watson told Turning Point Pregnant Resource Center.
He added, “And it’s kind of ironic that it’s working.”
Watson, who is an outspoken Christian, said minorities regularly support political candidates who support abortion and Planned Parenthood. He also explained what being “pro-life” means to him:
“If you are someone who cares about life period, then you have to care about it from conception all the way up to death. To me, being pro-life means that you hold all life very dear and you understand that all life was created by God and that because of that, life has internal, intrinsic value, whether it’s capable of living on its own at that point or whether it is capable of living on its own at the end of its life.”
Watson is married and is a father to five children.
While NFL players who kneel for the national anthem are getting the most attention right now, Watson said there are plenty of players who share his beliefs — but “they don’t want to touch it” or talk about it in public.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a movement in the NFL when he took a knee during the national anthem to protest racism in America, making him one of the most divisive figures in all of sports. While Kaepernick has not been signed following his decision to opt out of his previous contract, other players appear to be ready to carry on his protest during the upcoming NFL season.