Colin Kaepernick refuses “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people”...



  • R.D.R.D. Posts: 19,808 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Love that he taking his time too and not just throwing the money he really care where that shit go and making sure it helps
  • 5th Letter5th Letter Top Gang Thug Trying To Lower The Body Count Posts: 35,658 Regulator
    Trillfate wrote: »
    ^^^ not mad at him. He made his point, raised awareness.

    White supremacists and coons were like "see see see hez a hypocrite1!1!"
  • TrillfateTrillfate "i used to like the Ride more now i like the Race...i used like the Prize more now i like the Chase" Posts: 21,418 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • TrillfateTrillfate "i used to like the Ride more now i like the Race...i used like the Prize more now i like the Chase" Posts: 21,418 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mr lock arms Pete Carroll need to sign Kap and let him back up Wilson
    313 wayz
  • Built 4 cuban linxBuilt 4 cuban linx WU TANG BANGER, 36 STYLES OF DANGER!!!!!!!!!!!! At the 36th chamberPosts: 11,373 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Stephen A still stuck on this kaep didn't vote Shit. Colin already explained very well and clear why he didn't vote. Why Stephen still stuck on that Shit
  • dnyce215dnyce215 Posts: 964 ✭✭✭✭
    On Bomani Jones show reporter Jim Trotter said a owner texted him said Kaep is black balled from the league and in the same breath he talks about Kaep regression is the reason he isn't getting a job or at least a back up QB.
  • dnyce215dnyce215 Posts: 964 ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 25
    Kaepernick: W-L: 11-24 | Comp. percentage: 59.7 | Y/A: 6.9 | TD-to-INT: 41:19 | Rating: 85.9
    Hoyer: W-L: 13-14 | Comp. percentage: 59.6 | Y/A: 7.3 | TD-to-INT: 37:20 | Rating: 86.2
    Glennon: W-L: 1-4 | Comp. percentage: 59.3 | Y/A: 7.0 | TD-to-INT: 11:6 | Rating: 86.0
    McCown: W-L: 2-20 | Comp. percentage: 58.7 | Y/A: 6.9 | TD-to-INT: 29:24 | Rating: 79.3

    Kaep vs the other QB that gotten signed during free agency. They really aren't different between them not by much. Kaep has led a team to the Super Bowl
  • atribecalledgabiatribecalledgabi Posts: 11,589 Regulator
    Stephen A still stuck on this kaep didn't vote Shit. Colin already explained very well and clear why he didn't vote. Why Stephen still stuck on that Shit

    Kaep didn't vote but Stephen A a regular on fauxnews. Who's worse?
  • 5th Letter5th Letter Top Gang Thug Trying To Lower The Body Count Posts: 35,658 Regulator
    Kaepernick pays taxes though.
  • The Lonious MonkThe Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Posts: 23,805 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think that's a fair stance to take. Whether you agree with Kaep or not, his presence is polarizing amongst the fans and probably could lead to a loss of revenue for a team. Kaep isn't really good enough to warrant that. It's not fair for him because what he did shouldn't have been met with the backlash that it did, but from a business standpoint, what Thomas said wasn't wrong.
  • playmaker88playmaker88 Boy, I tell you that's vision Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten Posts: 65,408 ✭✭✭✭✭
    distraction is a talking pt for those that oppose his actions.. its "distracting" from unmasking their ideals.
    MD_PROPER JusDre313ChiCityThe Hue
  • The Lonious MonkThe Lonious Monk Man with No Fucks Given Posts: 23,805 ✭✭✭✭✭
    distraction is a talking pt for those that oppose his actions.. its "distracting" from unmasking their ideals.

    Or people that have to consider the opposition. If you're an executive for a team, you may not be against what Kaep did, but you do have to consider whether or not that team's fanbase is largely comprised of people who are.
  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 21,232 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It was rousing and, by my informal polling, a highlight for the students in attendance. One young woman said to me, “I wish my social-studies teacher was here taking notes.”

    After Loggins, Kaepernick returned to the stage to underline the message, saying, “We are trying to show you what you are dealing with so you can combat it.” Then he introduced the next speakers. “We are now bringing out the legal defense team so you can protect yourselves, protect your family, protect your communities.”

    Out came Guillermo Gutierrez and Charles Jones from First Defense Legal Aid, with the message that “Chicago is the false-confession capital of world.” To drive the point home, these “street attorneys” educated the students about Jon Burge, the South Side police officer and now convicted felon who tortured confessions out of more than 200 suspects between 1972 and 1991.

    They said that the future of some people in the room could depend on knowing their rights when approached by law enforcement, and hammered home what to say if stopped by police. “First and foremost, you always have the right to ask, ‘Am I free to go?’ That is your constitutional right. If they say ‘no,’ you have the right to say, ‘I do not consent to be searched.’ If you don’t say those words, they can and will search you.”

    Then they stressed, “Always remain silent. Call us. Have an attorney present. That is your right.”

    Gutierrez and Jones made the students repeat their hotline number—1 (800) Law-Rep4—as well as promise to distribute cards with the number to family and friends.

    Students asked about retaliation from police if they invoked these rights, concerned that they would be pegged as uncooperative. The First Defense Legal Aid performed skits to show not only how to resist any police coercion but also how to articulate their rights to minimize conflict.

    Kaepernick came out and reinforced the point, saying, “So if an officer stops you, what do you say?” The students all said as one, “Am I free to go?’”

    Then Kaepernick became an organizer—or the world’s chillest public-school administrator—dividing the students into breakout sessions that would cover “holistic health” and “financial literacy,” directing them into what rooms to go to by colored wrist-bands they received upon registration. He also said, “Remember, we have snacks that you can grab between sessions. But please, no eating in the auditorium.”

    Yareli Quintana, a food consultant and spirited speaker, then took the stage to speak about making intelligent eating choices and how to take “baby steps” for healthier living. She made the case that food is self-determination and to integrate fruits and vegetables into their diets to better develop their minds. She even did a PowerPoint presentation about how different foods affect the brain. Kaepernick came up afterward and said, “we will have a resource map for you so you can find community gardens that grow their own healthy foods.”

    The emphasis on healthy choices was evident throughout the day. One of the more harrowing moments came when radio host Ebro Darden asked the students, “How many of you have eaten fast food three times this week?” Almost the entire room raised their hands. Then he asked, “How many of you have members of your family with cancer or diabetes?” Again, almost the entire room raised their hands.

    The talk of community gardens and, in the financial-literacy section, the importance of dressing and speaking in a professional manner, also produced a robust debate about whether it was realistic for these students to even find healthy food, save money, or dress a certain way, and whether those kinds of personal choices could beat back oppression. It was the century-old debate about what is known as “respectability politics”—whether racism needs to be fought systemically or by changing individual habits. Different speakers articulated different sides of this, with the students chiming in as well.

    The substance of this discussion was perhaps less important than the fact that the dialogue was open, intense, but also friendly: a display for the young people in the audience of what debate looks like and how adults can disagree without being disagreeable. The students shaped this debate by speaking about their own experiences, what was realistic for them and what was not.

    Kaepernick ended the day by speaking to the students about his own journey. He talked about growing up as the adopted son in an all-white home. He said, “I love my family to death. They’re the most amazing people I know. But when I looked in the mirror, I knew I was different. Learning what it meant to be an African man in America, not a black man but an African man, was critical for me. Through this knowledge, I was able to identify myself and my community differently…

    “I thought I was from Milwaukee. I thought my ancestry started at slavery and I was taught in school that we were all supposed to be grateful just because we aren’t slaves. But what I was able to do was trace my ancestry and DNA lineage back to Ghana, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, and saw my existence was more than just being a slave. It was as an African man. We had our own civilizations, and I want you to know how high the ceiling is for our people. I want you to know that our existence now is not normal. It’s oppressive. For me, identifying with Africa gave me a higher sense of who I was, knowing that we have a proud history and are all in this together.”

    Then he took a deep breath and said, “This was so important for me and I want to share it with you. So when you leave, you are all getting backpacks, and inside of them are Ancestry DNA kits so you can trace your ancestry and connect with your lost relatives who may have taken this test as well.”

    The students exploded with joy upon hearing this. I was told there was a similar reaction in Oakland and New York.

    Then he said, “I love you guys. I appreciate you. Build with each other. Because you will be this community moving forward.”

    Afterwards, I spoke to Kaepernick at some length. He is training every day for the 2017 season and, optimistic that his hard work and stellar 2016 season will be rewarded, believes that he will find an NFL home. But we kept the conversation focused on the camp.

    “I thought it was amazing,” he said. “Every time we do an event, leading up to it, I’m always a little bit nervous. ‘Do we have everything in line? Are the Ts crossed and the Is dotted?’ But once the program starts running, you see the kids having fun and and absorbing what we are saying. That’s the win for us…to see them get the tools to navigate an oppressive society.”

    He compared the Know Your Rights team to a football squad: “It’s the same sense of camaraderie. Building toward a common goal. And in this space we are trying to help communities that are oppressed. That’s what we want. We want to show that we can build with each other and love each other because in oppressed communities no one is going to help them but themselves. It’s so exciting to see it come together.” He then smiled so wide and looked so relaxed, I thought he would float to the ceiling. “It’s a very liberating thing to feel. It’s hard to explain.”

    One thing we did not talk about was whether he was being politically blackballed by the league for his political ideas and activism. There was no need. After spending the day with Colin Kaepernick, all I could think about was a quote from Bill Russell in 1967 when he was asked about how Muhammad Ali was coping with being stripped of the heavyweight title. Russell said, “I’m not worried about Muhammad Ali. I’m worried about the rest of us.”

    I’m not worried about Colin Kaepernick. As for “the rest of us,” we’ve got work to do.
    playmaker88ChiCityFocal PointThe Hue
  • dnyce215dnyce215 Posts: 964 ✭✭✭✭
    Seen that no team has contacted Kaep, I'm not surprised either. Whitlock said Kaep should call teams. Now they making it like Kaep has market himself smh
  • kzzlkzzl Posts: 7,281 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ive been black balled from the local contractors since '13. I wouldn't be mad at Kaep going back to the NFL, but that shit would be a hard bottle of ether to swallow. And this nigga had to deal with that shit in front the public with millions on the line. The only real satisfaction is in you sticking to your principles, no key to the city for this shit. Hopefully he has the right folks around him for support.

    dnyce215#1hiphopjunki3T. SanfordThe Hue
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