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Rev. Michel Faulkner vs. Spike Lee: Protesting The Flag Is Sacred. You’ve Got Everyone’s Attention, What Next?

Former NFL player Rev. Michel Faulkner takes on Spike Lee at a CNN town hall event on race moderated by network host Anderson Cooper. Faulkner told Spike Lee he’s got everyone’s attention and asked him now what.

“But you know what? My part of this conversation is this, I’m saying, OK, now that you’ve got everybody’s attention and you’re literally holding the mic, what do we do now? How do we move this conversation forward because literally, as a nation, we are all listening? And we’ve got to say, what next?” Faulkner asked.

Transcript, via CNN:

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: Reverend, to those — you know, Spike brought the point that there’s a long tradition of protest in sports. I mean, Muhammad Ali who, you know, now if you poll this room, everyone will say he’s a great man. He was vilified —

REV. MICHEL FAULKNER, FMR. NFL PLAYER: Hated.

COOPER: — hated, you know, for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.

FAULKNER: Yes, as Americans —

SPIKE LEE: And he was called un-American.

FAULKNER: He was.

(CROSSTALK)

FAULKNER: But see, as Americans, it’s part of our responsibility. Part of — talk about the DNA of America? The DNA of America is protest. I mean, the Boston tea parties is what got this whole thing kicked off. It was a protest movement.

We are — but protesting and that flag, we have come so far, and that flag to me represents something sacred. It’s not perfect.

I know about slavery, I know about the history of racism, I experienced racism in this country, in this day today, in this day and age. However, as an American, as a Christian, I continue to fight to make it better.

That’s my job. That’s my responsibility. That’s what Malcolm was talking about.

LEE: I know, but you don’t think that — you don’t think that the players are protesting — you don’t think they’re trying to do their part to make this country better?

FAULKNER: Oh, absolutely.

(CROSSTALK)

LEE: They’re bringing light to stop (INAUDIBLE) we’re talking about.

FAULKNER: They really are.

But you know what? My part of this conversation is this, I’m saying, OK, now that you’ve got everybody’s attention and you’re literally holding the mic, what do we do now? How do we move this conversation forward because literally, as a nation, we are all listening? And we’ve got to say, what next?

Malcolm was talking about some great things. Listen, I’m running for office. I’m running for New York City controller. I’m not a politician. I’m social entrepreneur.

I believe in America. I believe in this country. I believe in serving. I left as vice president —

LEE: The protesters have the same beliefs you have.

FAULKNER: OK, but, Spike, we’ve got to put it in someplace. I mean, listen, you’re an artist. You make movies.

(CROSSTALK)

LEE: We wouldn’t be here —

FAULKNER: You tell stories that motivate people, that inspire people, that make people laugh or make people cry, or make people be — you know —

BOYER: I think this is — I think this is less about, in my opinion, at least for me, wanting the players to change and do something different. I think it’s more about wanting our country to change.

FAULKNER: Exactly.

BOYER: You know, because I got on — whether it’s social media or whatever, it is just — it’s some hateful stuff and it’s awful, and it makes me sick.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Divisive.

BOYER: When you go fight for your country and for other people that will never have this and you’re just trying to give them a glimpse of hope, and then you come back and it’s just, kah, kah, kah (ph)–

COOPER: I actually got a message from a Navy SEAL who’s serving overseas right now who said, who reached out the other day and he said, what is going on? Like, what is going on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You’re doing something.

COOPER: I know. But you’re serving with your brothers in arms and there’s this unity and you look back at the country you’re representing. And, you know?

We got to take a break. We’re going to continue the conversation and take questions from the audience when our “360” town hall continues.

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