Jaclyn Hendricks, New York Post, June 7, 2020
Drew Brees’ wife Brittany penned an emotional message Friday on Instagram, stating “WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” a day after the Saints quarterback offered a second apology over his national anthem remarks in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” Brittany began. “I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts.”
Sharing two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. — “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” and, “Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people” — Brittany said that while she has read these statements a thousand times, she digested the whole meaning in recent days.
“I have read these quotes and scripture 1000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into my heart,” Brittany said, also referencing the passage: “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you.”
“Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one an another as God loves us. We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history. We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X., Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa parks, Harriet Tubman.. and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love , be unbiased and with no prejudice. To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice,” she continued.
Brees, 41, came under fire earlier this week after an interview with Yahoo Finance, saying he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” He apologized Wednesday following a wave of criticism from LeBron James and members of the NFL community.
“In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country,” Brees said.