Take A Knee Protest At NRG Stadium

Protesters kneel to show their support to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on social issues and condemn Houston Texans owner Bob McNair for his "inmates" remark at NRG Parkway and Kirby Drive outside of NRG Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Houston. ( Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle / © 2017  Houston Chronicle

If Bob McNair thought that the passage of time and ignoring it would eliminate the anger myself and many people had at him about his racist ‘inmates running the prison’ comment,, no it hasn’t.

During the Texans game at NRG Stadium yesterday with the Arizona Cardinals, several groups led by the ACLU and the Texas Organizing Project ‘took a knee’ in solidarity with Houston Texans and other NFL players who continue to take a knee during the national anthem to protest injustice aimed at Black Americans.

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The Texans were intially refraining from joining the protest out of respect for McNair, but once news of his infamous NFL meeting comments got out. took a knee before their October 29 game with the Seattle Seahawks..

Three buses full of protesters showed up yesterday actross the street from NRG Stadium to call on McNair to either step down as the Texans owner or make meaningful progress on his stated position of making progress on social,justice issues 

Some also called out his participation in the blackballing of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick in light of the fact Texans starter Deshaun Watson has been lost for the season with a knee injury.

<div class='meta'><div class='origin-logo' data-origin='AP'></div><span class='caption-text' data-credit='AP'>Houston Texans players kneel and stand during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)</span></div>

There was also a call during yesterday’s rally for McNair and other NFL owners to respect the ability of players to exercise their First Amendment rights.   They also pushed back against the right wing lie that the NFL player protests were ‘disrespecting the flag’  or ‘disrespecting veterans’

The press conference was followed by a short march that ended with the protesters taking a knee in the right lane of Kirby Drive.

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