Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson joined "Fox & Friends" Monday to discuss the protests targeting new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Protesters, including some from the Black Lives Matter movement, blocked DeVos from entering a Washington, D.C., public school on Friday. She eventually gained access to the building by using a different entrance.

"I respect peaceful protest, and I will not be deterred in executing the vital mission of the Department of Education. No school door in America will be blocked from those seeking to help our nation's school children," DeVos said.

Watson, author of "Under Our Skin: Getting Real about Race -- And Getting Free from the Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us," said he agrees with the concept of Black Lives Matter but has seen a growing deal of disunity within the organization.


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"Anytime there is someone trying to help our children with education, I'm for that. ... You hate to see things like this when someone's trying to do their job. ... That's when you're taking things to another level," Watson said.

Protesters were seen hanging onto the SUV carrying DeVos to the school.

"People have a right to protest in a peaceful manner, but whenever you're doing something like this and blocking someone from their job, it not only hurts that person but it also hurts the students that they're trying to help," Watson said.

Given the influx of protests across the country, Watson said he hopes an honest conversation can be started as to why these protesters are doing what they're doing.

Watch the full interview above, and tell us your thoughts in the comments section.


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