- - Thursday, October 12, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

What does “systemic oppression” look like in 2017? Apparently, a lot like $14.2 million, or the approximate worth of 49ers’ safety Eric Reid’s contract over the past five years. Where do I line up for such hardship?

Reid and fellow teammates served up a steaming pile of kimchi to Vice President Pence last weekend when they took a knee during the national anthem. Seeing this, Pence, who was in attendance, stood up and left the game. According to Reid, what Pence did was an act of “systemic oppression.” Hardly. The only thing Reid proved with his silly statement is that he didn’t make it through Louisiana State University on an academic scholarship. But then again, looking at the state of academe in America, you never know.

THOMAS M. BEATTIE

Mount Vernon, Va.

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