NFL veteran Malcolm Jenkins has set off a race debate after calling on African Americans to “look out for ourselves” during the Covid-19 pandemic and claiming that the community has “never been prioritized” by the government.

The New Orleans Saints safety issued the message in a video posted to Twitter on Saturday, firstly thanking the nation’s doctors, nurses and first responders before directly addressing black Americans.

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Some Twitter users felt that the emphasis should be on protecting all lives, rather than making appeals such as Jenkins’ which targeted particular sections of society.

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