Jamil Smith

Two Black men in red jerseys with white lettering and gold pants kneel on brown tarp behind blue cups and in front of green field with red flag

READ: 49er Eric Reid Reminds World That Kneeling Protest is About 'Systemic Oppression'

Reid wrote about kneeling with former teammate Colin Kaepernick and smear campaigns against players who protest violence against Black people in an op-ed for The New York Times.

Melissa Harris-Perry is ELLE.com's New Editor-At-Large

Harris-Perry joins the website following her controversial departure from MSNBC