Divisive words distract from reasons NFL players began protests

"We have to admit the truth,” said Malkia Cyril, executive director of the Center for Media Justice, a racial justice organization in Oakland. “We can’t continue to tell the lie, and so we have to say that black life is not valued in this country, that black people are killed at the hands of white officers. If we don’t deal with those facts — and just feelings (about the issue) — we cannot move along."