Kaepernick Situation Proves America Still Searches To Penalize Black Protesters

Beings are captured in record and history is caught in them. – James A. Baldwin


Colin Kaepernick abides unsigned for the 2017 NFL season. What does this tell us? Well, some would say its because of his act last year and that he was solely to blame for the train-wreck that was the 49 ers season. Others have expended my brand-new favorite self-justification, taken right out of the Its not you, its me guide of mind-numbingly stupid forgives, and suggested that no NFL team craves him because hes vegan. Right, because being vegan slowed down the greatest QB of all time. But hes grey and didnt protest for black lives, so that diet worked for him, but not for Kaepernick right?

Sorry Kaep. The vegan diet exclusively works for white people who dont complain.

But when you examine past these asinine concludes and consider how the NFL is willing to look the other way when a musician kills person, accuses of sexual assault or domestically abuses their spouse, you realise the unfortunate but merciless actuality that, while experience has passed and progress has been stirred, American society still cant handle a prominent black person questioning whether this country lives up to its purported paragons of impunity, equality and right for all.

American society still cant manage a foremost black person interrogating whether this country lives up to its purported ideals…

And I know what some of you will say, Oh, here we go with this White Privilege crap. The serviceman disrespected the flag; the flag that represents this nation and the freedom of white gentlemen to sexually harass women and get reinforced with 11 million dollar bonuses and even the presidency.

Seriously, simply in America can a white man overhead his companionship $13 million dollars in village costs, hitherto stand hired, while a black person quietly affirms in a corner, and is blackballed. But we should have seen this coming. Historically, black contestants in the US have always been penalized for speaking out against inequality. When Muhammad Ali said he was a conscientious objector and refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War, he was arrested, his name was deprived, and his boxing permission was revoked. When former NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to digest during the National Anthem on religious grounds, he lost out on millions of dollars, stood death threats, and his home was burned to the field . After Tommie Smith and John Carlos invoked the Black Power salute on the pulpit in the 1968 Olympics, they were expelled from the Games.

Ironically, these jocks are now celebrated as trailblazers and held in the highest see, on occasion even by the same people who today are abusing Kaepernick. Why? Because their protest is in the past, when it was someone elses problem, and no longer represents a threat to the status quo today. You know, back when objection was genuinely necessitated, when times were tougher, when black people actually were mistreated , not only disproportionately targeted and all too often killed by law enforcement.

Excerpt from Time magazine piece written after the initial 1968 Olympics protest.

Today these men are celebrated for their potent complain

Im sure that 20 or 30 years from now developments in the situation will be the same, and Kaepernick will be widely acclaimed as a national hero. But for now he must be punished. Just as Tommie Smith and John Carlos were penalized. Just as Muhammad Ali was penalized. I signify come along, open your eyes, beings. The NFL doesnt have a rule like the NBAs H-2 that requires: Musicians, coaches and coaches are to countenance and line up in a decorous posture along the sidelines or on the foul course during the playing of the National Anthem. So how do they penalise a person many owners deem a turncoat? With a potent forearm in free agency. But penalizing Kaepernick has much larger inferences, same to those imposed by the Olympic Committee and the Boxing Federation back in the 60 s. It is to send a message to others who dare step out of wrinkle. And that alone is a reminder of the ugliness that continues to pervade American society.

But whats truly remarkable is that theres no doubt Colin Kaepernick knew exactly what he was going into, but complained anyway. He knew all too well the indifference guided at previous African-American athletes who spoke out against sin. I entail, look at what hes been doing all off-season. Does that look like the actions of a husband hopeles for the phone to reverberate? Hes not sitting around wondering why all the teams in need of a QB havent dialed him up because he is busy providing solutions to real issues. Meals on Wheels, Somalia, Chicago, Standing Rock, parish attempts, donations, speaking, schooling. While his NFL stock has slowed down, his overall objective to improve marginalized groups in America has not. Yet the NFL continues to turn its back on him because, as I have said before, to them the only crime worse than taking a life is asserting when a black life is taken.

So I will continue to talk about this. I will continue to express my outrage at the therapy of a human whose struggles have been stupendous. And until I am proved otherwise, I will continue to expose current realities that many refuse to face – that it is still intolerable for a black person in the United States of America to question a predominately lily-white narrative.

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