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A HuffPost contributor has strong accusations for any of the white athletes that continue to stand for the national anthem. According to contributor Jesse Benn, if they stand, then they stand for white supremacy.

Benn wrote since the flag and “The Star-Spangled Banner” represent freedom and liberty to white people, it is white privilege to view them as such:

So, that’s obvious enough, but what I’m talking about is this. If white athletes can’t fathom kneeling because they feel soldiers fought for their rights and blah blah blah patriotism, it’s because they are treated as full citizens and afforded those rights they imagine soldiers fought for. Interpreting their own experience as something more universal, they struggle to understand why anyone should kneel. Indeed, for them, the anthem and American flag represent promises fulfilled.

Pointing to some examples of racial disparities with things like housing, education, and access to healthful food, Benn said they are the result “of centuries of systemic white supremacy, plain and simple.”

“Anyone who professes to care about America’s alleged values should be fighting to extend them to those they’re [sic] deprived. If they aren’t full of sh*t, that is,” he added.

Because of all this, Benn said white privilege was clear as day when white football players did not join their teammates in taking a knee:

Understand this. White supremacy — as in the structures of opportunity, the legacy of/ongoing oppression of non-whites, and the asymmetrical hoarding of resources by whites — is what affords us the privileges that limit our view, making a peaceful act of protest seem offensive in spite of the broader context of what’s being protested. And the ignorant result of that privilege was on full display Sunday as white players stood next to their black teammates.

“So let’s at least be clear that what those players stood for on Sunday was white supremacy. Full stop,” he concluded.

Benn is also known for writing “Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any” in 2016. He dismissed people's idea of nonviolent resistance because “they ignore the history of successful violent insurrection in the U.S., instead favoring the elementary school version of history in which nonviolence is the only means of struggle that’s ever achieved a thing.”

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