BY GARY NORRIS GRAY, STAFF REPORTER
Hip Hop artist Cardi B makes it clear.” Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel with us, we’re gonna stand for you.” The movement has grown and has taken a life of its own.
OAKLAND, CA.- Colin Kaepernick is becoming a bigger thorn for the National Football League with each passing week. A protest went right to their front office door in New York City on August 23. African Americans are openly stating that they will not be watching Sunday afternoon football games this year. The League has a growing problem as more players join Mr. Kaepernick in his quest for racial justice and peace.
What this strong young Black man has done is pull the covers off of hidden American racial and social agenda as it pertains to people of color and African American men in particular. The incident in Charlottesville, Virginia just made it clear America still has a long way to go.
Mr. Kaepernick made writers like me research the words of the National Anthem and the reason Francis Scott Key wrote these words.
THIS IS THE CONTROVERSIAL THIRD VERSE OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Maybe author Francis Scott Key was trying to tell the country something. Number Seven, Colin Kaepernick just reminded all of us kneeling while the song was being played last year.
Some Americans are gravely offended by athletes protesting our National Anthem but at the same time are more than eager to defend the rights of the Right wing, Neo Nazi, and Confederate flag wavers marching down our American streets. This is hypocrisy on the highest political and social level.
Colin Kaepernick is expressing his free speech right, just as right wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos wanting to speak at California State Universities. Kaepernick is discussing police brutality, injustice, and the racial discourse in the United States. I’m still trying to figure out what Mr. Yiannopoulos is talking about.
Mr. Kaepernick is spawning a new national conversation about race, the same conversation that should have been done many years ago. This historic event is more than football, it is more than Colin Kaepernick and the NFL is slow to recognize this.
Is the NFL the last bastion of slavery? Yes, these players may be rich but think about this. How many Black owners are there? How many Black General Managers or head coaches? Yet, the league is nearly 70% BLACK on the field. This is the plantation mentality modern style.
There needs to be a national boycott of the National Football League because they refuse to deal with BLACK minds and yet still use those same BLACK bodies to get rich, so please tell me what is the difference between the NFL and slavery other than getting paid? This is what Colin Kaepernick is discussing.
President Obama made a very warm and sincere statement a few months ago about the Colin Kaepernick protest.
“But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and if nothing else what he’s doing has generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”
Obama continued, “But I’d rather have young people engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than those who are just sitting on the sidelines.”
This is the difference between President Obama and President Trump. “And you know, your San Francisco quarterback,” Trump said, via TMZ. “I’m sure nobody ever heard of him. I’m just reporting the news.” “There was an article today, it was reported that NFL owners don’t want to pick him up because they don’t want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump,” he said. “Do you believe that? I just saw that. I said, ‘If I remember that one I’m gonna report it to the people of the Kentucky because they like it when people actually stand for the American flag.’ ”
President Obama supported and defended Number Seven even though he may not agree with all of Mr. Kaepernick’s agenda while President Trump not only trashed Mr. Kaepernick but made the story about himself.
Many believe Kaepernick remains unsigned because of his political views and actions, but he’s since ended his stance against the anthem. He’s also done work in the community, securing a plane and $1 million in aid for the needy in Somalia
Number seven has also given relief funds for the people of Houston, Texas but we won’t be hearing that from the American Press or number 45 and he still remains unsigned as the National Football League season starts. He has given high school student equipment for the year and he has set up a legal defense (Know Your Rights) project in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mr. Kaepernick has just crossed the road to immortal American history joining the ranks of Rosa Parks, Malcolm, Medgar Evers, and Martin.
THE FIGHT NEVER ENDS
Send a message to the NFL turn off your television sets on Sunday afternoons, and Monday, and Thursday nights. Turn those sets off until justice is done; turn them off until there are Black owners and more Black general managers.
Use your political and economic power for change because this is what Number Seven, Colin Kaepernick is doing today.
Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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