Malcolm Jenkins signs to bring attention to issues.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins has been an outspoken advocate for social justice, but he made one of his most powerful statements Wednesday without saying anything at all.
Two days after the Eagles were disinvited from a White House celebration of their Super Bowl 52 victory, Jenkins met with a huge crowd of reporters but stood silently and held up signs with messages for the media.
The signs contained facts about racial inequality and reasons for criminal justice reform, as well as messages about the social justice initiatives that many NFL players have taken on. Jenkins later tweeted all of the messages.
Without speaking Wednesday, Jenkins delivered a message that the media has spent too much time entertaining a debate about players kneeling during the anthem, and not enough time listening to the reasons for the protests or the causes NFL players have supported.
Among those causes was Louisiana House Bill 265, which was supported and pushed by Saints players Ben Watson and Demario Davis. The bill will return voting rights to thousands of people with past felony convictions, along with those on parole or probation, and was signed into law by the Louisiana governor last week.
Jenkins also brought attention to Chris Long donating his entire 2017 salary to organizations devoted to educational equality.
Jenkins has made similar efforts to influence lawmakers, even spending three days on Capitol Hill in 2017 with three other NFL players to advocate for criminal justice reform. Jenkins made clear Wednesday that Trump disinviting the Eagles isn’t going to curb his fight, and he won’t let Trump misrepresent what they’re fighting for.