Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson revealed the one thing that left him encouraged in the wake of the Charlottesville chaos — and offered up an important warning to his fellow Americans.
“As far as we’ve come when it comes to race in this country, there’s still quite a ways to go,” he said this week on the premiere episode of “The Billy Hallowell Podcast.” “But I was also encouraged, because so many voices spoke out against what they saw. There was a time when there would be a march with torches at night … and no one would say anything, because that was the norm and that was expected.”
Watson also offered up a point worth considering to the majority of Americans who were horrified by the racism on display in Charlottesville, urging everyone to also examine their own hearts for any latent racism.
“There’s also a warning there,” he said. “[In only focusing on those responsible for Charlottesville] we can neglect the racism that we have in our own living rooms and we cannot pay attention to the stuff that we say to one another because we’re not there being overt with our feelings.”
Listen to Watson discuss these issues among many others below: