You can't change anything that you don't understand [MORE]. Neely Fuller explained "If you don't understand racism/white supremacy, everything else that you think you understand will only confuse you." [MORE] and [MORE] and [MORE]
Any act or attitude on the part of Blacks which appears to White Americans to defy White American authority, control or dominance is a problem to white folks.' [MORE] In all areas of people activity, elite whites quickly filter out Blacks not controlled by the crowd but handsomely reward those most effectively programmed for their own destruction.
Let's be clear. Speaking out against acts of bigotry or the already unlawful use of excessive force by police is really not a radical thing to do. Kaepernick took a risk and gambled his career when he spoke about 'a system of racism, one that systematically rewards police for murdering Blacks & Latinos.' [MORE] and [MORE]. [And It was a big risk b/c he is far from being an NFL superstar.] When he did that he had to go. Any non-white person who works for a Government, a media outlet, major corporation, utility, learning institution, court system, major non-profit etc., who names and challenges the system of racism/white supremacy will be filtered out. He knew that ["only the gamblers know what life is"]. Now he is gone. He has been disappeared. Maybe he will play in Madden. That is the context you are in. Would the NAACP have the courage to take a similar gamble? NO way.
National Association for the Advancement of Confused People. [Beggar politics flattering to racists. So that's how it works? ...give Goodell a call, meet with him, tell him whats up & tell a team to hire Kap? Black people need to wake up from their fantasy and self realize they have no power. Stop dialing 911. Racism/white supremacy is a system of vast unequal power between whites & Blacks. How can we begin to neutralize this power?]
From [HERE] The NAACP's interim president Derrick Johnson has officially requested a formal meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss NFL players and their ability to exercise their First Amendment rights.
According to a letter sent to the league by the NAACP, the meeting will specifically focus on Kaepernick's perceived "blackballing" by the league in light of his protests last season. It also questions the silencing of NFL players' platforms, citing Tommie Smith and John Carlos's black power salute at the 1968 Olympics, among other examples.
Kaepernick's lack of a job has raised many eyebrows throughout the offseason, particularly with the quarterbacks being signed ahead of him. Johnson penned a concern regarding Kaepernick's First Amendment rights and also strongly insinuated that his protest was the sole cause of him not being signed. An excerpt of the letter reads:
Last season, Mr. Kaepernick chose to exercise his First Amendment rights by protesting the inequitable treatment of people of color in America. By quietly taking a knee during the national anthem, he was able to shine a light on the many injustices, particularly, the disproportionate occurrences of police misconduct toward communities of color. As outlined in your office's public statement, this act of dissent is well within the National Football League's stated bylaws. Yet, as the NFL season quickly approaches, Mr. Kaepernick has spent an unprecedented amount of time as a free agent, and it is becoming increasingly apparent that this is no sheer coincidence.
"No player should be victimized and discriminated against because of his exercise of free speech -- to do so is in violation of his rights under the Constitution and the NFL's own regulations.
Obviously, invoking the Constitution is a powerful tool, and it raises questions about what's covered by free speech. The NAACP also stressed the important of free speech in the Civil Rights Movement, along with the importance that it's upheld moving forward.
The exercise of free speech has proven to be a vital tool in in bringing to the public's attention often ignored issues of social justice, particularly in the African-American community. The powerful act of utilizing one's platform to address issues of discrimination and inequality has long been employed by many of the world's greatest athletes.
Some teams may be a starting quarterback injury away from signing Kaepernick, but the Baltimore Ravens disproved that theory when rumors swirled after Joe Flacco's back injury. They ultimately chose to sign Thaddeus Lewis to spell Flacco. There have been protests in front of the NFL headquarters regarding Kaepernick, including one on Wednesday.
Since losing the starting job in San Francisco, Kaepernick has faced tremendous scrutiny. Other athletes have joined in on his protest, and depending on how the next few weeks go, these protests may start to pick up steam if Kaepernick remains unsigned -- whether it's fair or not.