I don't think I've ever commented at TD, but I've been reading this thread with growing sadness and feel compelled to add my two cents. That's a natural feeling, isn't it? When you see something that riles your sensibilities, you want to speak up. I don't have a platform like Nick does, and in fact nobody cares what I think on this matter. And yet it's not stopping me, just like it hasn't stopped anybody else here from commenting. The point is: It's not about "virtue signaling" or trying to feel superior. It's about hoping to make a difference by adding your voice. If you think "our country is broken" is a hollow left-wing bromide, then I don't think you're really paying attention. Look at the anger of the protestors. Look at how fed up they are. People are not going out to make their voices heard at the risk of being arrested, shot at, or even killed, just because of the awful murder of George Floyd, or just for a lefty talking point. They are genuinely outraged and scared for their futures because they live with that violence from the cops every day. They see it all the time. It's more than Chauvin and it's more than a few bad apples. It's systemic. So of course people want to speak up. By the way, it is a well-known fact that Minneapolis has one of the most racist police departments in the country. Please note: I am not saying every Minneapolis cop is a racist. From what I've read from people who know, who have studied this, it is a minority. But they have created the dominant culture, an us-vs.-them culture, that prevents good cops from speaking up. This culture is spearheaded and protected by the police union, which is led by noted racist Bob Kroll. Commenters here have asked why Democratic mayors, city councils, and governors have not been able to make a difference, and the answer is that the police union is extremely powerful. More powerful than the MLBPA, I'd wager. To many, the thin blue line is a symbol of that insulated, racist, dangerous culture. Maybe Kepler knew that. Maybe he didn't. I don't know. But after he found out, he had a choice to make, and he chose to blow it off as NBD. That is his prerogative! As someone said above, it's a free country. I don't blame him for not wanting to get involved--it's messy. You might piss some people off. I know people tend to get triggered (sorry) when you remind them of their privilege, but not getting involved IS a privilege. Going to a sports site to avoid news about this broken nation is a privilege. And if you can see the suffering and anger and injustice all around you, and like Max Kepler or Nick Nelson you have a platform, you can use your privilege to avoid it or you can use your platform to add to the chorus of voices trying to make change. Using your voice isn't virtue signaling, and if you think it is, that says more about you than it does about anyone else. It says you can't imagine speaking up for change with a genuine desire to see change. And that bums me out. We need more empathy right now. Thanks, Nick, for your post. People are angry, and not everyone is being civil, but much of this discussion has been for the good.