Maybe it’s easy for me to NOT hate Colin Kaepernick because I couldn’t give a flying crap about FOOTBALL. More specifically I hate the space that professional football has come to occupy in American culture. I hate it because of the criminal behavior it espouses in it’s players; go ahead and thrash your wife, just show up to practice, we got money to make. Don’t mind that concussed ringing in your ear, we’ll use you for as long as you’re useful. Also because football is the #1 corporate circus designed to distract citizens from anything actually important going on, like systemic racism, sexism, economic inequality, environmental injustice and more.
For my children and others who may not know, Colin Kaepernick incurred the wrath of the media and football fans everywhere when he decided to exercise his FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS by PEACEFULLY PROTESTING the “National Anthem,” which is the song that has come to symbolize the United States yet also has horrifically racist origins. Literally glorifies the deaths of slaves, for the benefit of the “freemen” and the “home of the brave.” (Lyrics here.)
When Kaepernick last year opted to take a knee instead of put hand over heart… oh man the outrage. Wow. Not that they could point to a way in which it WOULD be acceptable for him to protest… just not THAT way.
Meanwhile, this dude has committed himself to incredible amounts of charity and activism on behalf of the vulnerable and oppressed. $100K x 10 months to be specific, for a total of One Million Dollars of his personal earnings, as delineated on his website:
Just look at his articulate response to the outrage over his socks, for example.
To that point, why SHOULDN’T police -or Christians, or Muslims, or whites, etc. etc.- take a stand against those amongst us whose conduct is unacceptable and -hopefully- misrepresentative? Not all cops are bad, not all whites are racists, not all Muslims are jihadists, not all Christians are imperialists.
Here’s a peek into his amazing “Know Your Rights” work [1:39]:
Here are the 10 Points he preaches in “Know Your Rights” Camp:
1. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE FREE.
2. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE HEALTHY.
3. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE BRILLIANT.
4. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE.
5. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE LOVED.
6. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE COURAGEOUS.
7. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE ALIVE.
8. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TRUSTED.
9. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE EDUCATED.
10. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO KNOW YOUR RIGHTS.
And by the way “Kaepernick is also promoting a campaign to raise millions of dollars for drought relief in Somalia.” ~NY Post
Thank you Colin Kaepernick, for being a Modern Day Hero!