After staying in the locker room in Nashville in Week 3, the Seahawks were on the field for the national anthem before their game on Sunday night against the Colts, but a group of six players, including Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, sat on the bench. Bennett and coach Pete Carroll said in interviews with CNN earlier in the week that they'd welcome a sit-down with Trump to speak about the protests . The Seahawks have also created a fund with the goal of building a more compassionate and inclusive society, calling it the Players Equality & Justice for All Action Fund.
But looking at the overall numbers obscures an important fact: Opinions on these issues are incredibly polarized by party and race. In the CBS poll, for example, 65 percent of white respondents disapproved of the protest, with 49 percent strongly disapproving, while 74 percent of black respondents approved of the protests and 50 percent strongly approved. The same poll found that 67 percent of Democrats approved while just 11 percent of Republicans felt the same way. But divides on the NFL protests mirror Americans’ views on racism generally; here’s what Pew found in August when it asked people whether racism is a “big problem”: