I first posted ‘I Will Tell You These Secrets‘ in August 2016 as an experiment in
the use of VR and video to stage a performance. As I review the video I can
see what works but I think it lacks maturity.
I’ve revised the poem and re-posted it because it is a heartfelt expression of
love and gratitude.
In the interests of transparency I’ve left the video as part of the post.
What do you think?
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope yours is warm and safe.
~Eric Reid: Why Colin Kaepernick and I Decided to Take a Knee~
Sept. 25, 2017
In early 2016, I began paying attention to reports about the incredible number of unarmed black people being killed by the police. The posts on social media deeply disturbed me, but one in particular brought me to tears: the killing of Alton Sterling in my hometown Baton Rouge, La. This could have happened to any of my family members who still live in the area. I felt furious, hurt and hopeless. I wanted to do something, but didn’t know what or how to do it. All I knew for sure is that I wanted it to be as respectful as possible.
A few weeks later, during preseason, my teammate Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem to protest police brutality. To be honest, I didn’t notice at the…