One of the largest debates of our times is social equality. Michael Bennett, a recent super bowl winner, says in his recent memoir Things That Make White People Uncomfortable, that “The only thing that’s going to make us equal isn’t sports. It’s going to be people realizing we’re all human.”
Many disagree with professional athletes inserting themselves into the political debate in the United States, however, Michael Bennett didn’t falter under that pressure. As a Seattle Seahawk, he took a knee during the National Anthem to protest systemic inequalities.
He is currently fighting charges which stem from his rushing through a crowd to congratulate his brother Martellus after his Patriot’s Super Bowl win. During the melee, Bennett is accused of injuring an elderly woman for which he is facing assault charges.
Bennett begins his memoir by looking at his time as a College athlete. He describes his time as an undergrad at Texas A&M and how racism was a key tenant of his college experience. He describes himself as “Half God, half property” during his time in college.
Once stuck with a one-game suspension for leaving the campus to visit his daughter on her birthday, Bennett examines the many restrictions college athletes face in playing for colleges.
As Bennett puts it, the most important thing that makes white people uncomfortable is the current conversation showing in full light systemic racism that has touched many of these sports stars. In Things That Make White People Uncomfortable, he urges white athletes and fans to help in the debate: “Don’t feel guilty, do something to make it better. Help us heal by standing – or sitting – alongside us.”