Malcolm Jenkins appeared on The Daily Show on Monday and discussed the honest conversation he had with teammate Drew Brees earlier this month.
"I think my interaction with Drew is a microcosm to what we need to do as a country," Jenkins said.
Jenkins said he gave Brees an honest account of how he felt when he heard Brees' comments about kneeling during the national anthem, and Brees listened thoughtfully.
"We try to move to a post-racial type of society and move on from our past without actually addressing the history and the way that our past pretty much paints the present," Jenkins said. "And until we change the direction that we’re going, until we change the systems that were put in place in the past, we’ll always be tethered to that. And I think that starts with truth."