After publicly attacking NFL players for protesting racial injustice with the “take a knee” movement last summer, President Donald Trump is ready to have reconciliatory talks on race with musicians and athletes, including former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sparked the controversial movement by refusing to stand for the national anthem.
New Spirit Revival Center church pastor Rev. Darrell Scott who also serves as CEO of the National Diversity Coalition for Trump told People Friday that the president gave his blessings to a series of meetings on race in America and “he was very enthusiastic about it.”
“He is 100 percent for it,” said Scott, who spoke with Trump for about 20 minutes in the Oval Office following a ceremony at the White House for the National Day of Prayer last Thursday.
He confirmed that along with the 30-year-old Kaepernick, Trump is hoping to sit down with popular rapper Kanye West; Jim Brown, who played in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns; Evander Holyfield, Herschel Walker and Mike Tyson.
Scott expects the meeting to be a “melting pot” of people and he is hoping that the participants will be able to see the president beyond some of his most controversial and racially charged comments.
“We don’t want to sanitize it. I want people from the left to attend. I want it to get heated but I want it to be respectful,” Scott said. “I want them to see and know the Donald Trump I know and they will say, ‘This guy isn’t who I’ve been lead to believe he is.'”
Kaepernick began kneeling during the performance of the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and the treatment of minorities. Last summer, in criticizing the protest, Trump urged team owners to fire players who participated in the protest.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now, out, he’s fired. He’s fired!'” Trump said.