Saints' Benjamin Watson 'thankful' for worldwide response to his Ferguson post

Saints' Benjamin Watson 'thankful' for worldwide response to his Ferguson post

Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson made headlines nationwide for his reaction to the Ferguson Decision.

A Facebook post he wrote Tuesday went viral and had more than 380,000 shares and 680,000 likes on his page alone by Thursday.

"We all come into things with certain glasses on because of our life experiences. Some of those things might be true, some of those things might be false. My whole point was just to say, this is how I feel and I decided to write it down and people enjoyed reading it," Watson said.

Watson's simple and direct play-by-play of his own emotions seemed to hit a nerve with nearly everyone who followed the tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri.

He wrote that he was embarrassed by the perpetuation of stereotypes, sad for the loss of a young man's life, and both hopeless and hopeful. However, overall, Watson seemed to be encouraged by the possibility of moving forward together: marching like three yards and a cloud of dust.

His main message was, "ultimately, the problem is not a skin problem, it's a sin problem."

"At a human level, we all have the same issue, it's sin, but it just manifests itself in different ways," Watson said.

Those feelings struck many chords and brought the flared feelings of thousands from all over the world into harmony on his Facebook wall.

Debbie Cain Rivers of Covington wrote, "your words are so insightful, wise, and thought provoking!"

Crissy Hebert, whose Facebook page says she works in Cincinnati, Ohio said, "this is the best thing I have read about this whole situation."

From the Port of Spain in Trinidad, Samuel Davidson wrote: "you took a holistic view, as opposed to an emotional and biased one..thank you sir. may god continue to bless you and bring you success."

"I feel like we come into these things, black, white, whatever we are, with certain ideals with certain experiences and a lot of times we don't talk, and we're not honest about how we feel because we're scared we're going to offend someone and we're scared our feelings won't be valid. But, the only way we can move forward in any of this is to talk about it and to be honest," Watson said. "You know, I'm black and I feel this way and this is why I feel this way, and I'm white and I feel this way and this is why I feel this way."

Watson suggests having the conversations; because through his experiences he has realized everyone can relate.

"The funny thing was that I just went to a dermatologist not to long ago here in New Orleans, and a white lady is my dermatologist, and I was asking her a question about shampoo and skin and stuff like that, and she said honestly, if you look under a microscope, all of our skin is the same. All of our hair is the same. It's just a little bit of melanin that you have more of than I have of," Watson said. "And, it's amazing how, throughout history, there's so much hatred over that little bit of melanin that's in our skin."

Click here to read Watson's Facebook post.

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