If Coonrod kneels only for God, then he can pray silently for an end to police abuses and foul treatment of people based on assumptions about skin color. He could be up front about it, too. “I don’t think kneeling is proper in the context of secular protests; I will show my solidarity by kneeling for the right reasons,” he could say.
That would leave Coonrod just not wanting to look like a hypocrite when it comes to BLM. He agrees with the facile notion that people who march under its flag are anti-American anarchists who are backed by shadowy fellow traitors. He’s using his faith as a shield in front of one of his faces ?the uncharitable one. If he kneels, then he’s giving his tacit approval of the movement. It’s not clear whether he wore the “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts that were distributed to uniformed personnel.
Bruce Maxwell is noticing all this. Ian Desmond is, too. Andrew McCutchen, the man who came up with the idea of the black ribbon, might be taking a few notes himself.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday (per the San Francisco Chronicle) that Coonrod will address his teammates, but it’s not known whether the pitcher has spoken yet with outfielder Jaylin Davis, the team’s lone Black American player and a social justice advocate.
Coonrod said that people ought to respect his stance. They absolutely should, if it’s earned. The best way he can do that is to be authentic about his beliefs on BLM.
He?needs to say?whenever he gets the chance that Black lives do matter, but that he can’t?support the organization’s?full agenda, and he needs to be more specific about why. Saying “a?couple of things I have read” is lazy and unpersuasive.
Otherwise, his bringing religion into it is a convenient copout. He needs to wear his?belief?like a cross he wants to bear. He shouldn’t be hiding behind one.