Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins has been one of the key parts of the Eagles Defense this year, but his impact off the field has been just as impactful. Since Colin Kaepernick made the controversial decision not to stand for the National Anthem, the effect has snowballed throughout the NFL..and as a result, Jenkins will be one of five players meeting with members of Congress to discuss race related issues.
Even though the spotlight placed on players’ actions during the anthem has dimmed, Malcolm Jenkins still raises his right fist before every game. When asked about the reasoning behind the peaceful action, Jenkins said the following:
“The symbol of the fist is about solidarity and resistance against oppression, that is the statement. Being able to stand in solidarity with people I feel like have been targeted, oppressed, systematically over time. That fist is really an invitation to really anybody — white, black — it doesn’t matter what color your fist is, it is just showing and resistance against what you think is wrong.”
Jenkins is one of five players traveling to Washington D.C on Wednesday, to meet with members from Congress. He will be joined by Lions duo Glover Quin and Anquan Boldin, Browns QB Josh McCown and WR Andrew Hawkins.
The Eagles Safety has been an inspirational figure off the field for many years now and most recently donated $250,000 to his alma mater. Just last year he was named the NLFPA Community MVP after running his second “Blitz, Bow-Ties and Bourbon” event that raised close to $50,000.00 for the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. The money, like the purpose of his foundation is to help better the lives of families and youth across Philadelphia, in partnership with “Feeding the Children”.
Race related issues are something very personal to Malcolm and with many disagreeing with National Anthem protests, this form of dealing with things not only shows an intent to make a difference..but defines the very passion that makes Jenkins such an incredible person.
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