” A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, shows the way”. John C. Maxwell quoted,this indeed what our fellow brethren Colin Kaepernick has displayed unapologetically since the start of years NFL pre-season when he refused to stand and salute the Red,White and Blue during renditions of the star spangled banner.
He refused to acknowledge allegiance to a country that has over the last 500 years terrorized, tortured, and subjugated black people in the U.S by means of oppression. The argument of many of the dominate society is ” what does Colin Kaepernick know about racism.”
“He is young and fulfilling his dream of playing in the NFL as a starting quarterback , he made 14 million dollars last year, basically negro shut and just play football, while all other black people suffer in silence. Before I touch on hypocrisy of people opposed to Colin’s stand, let’s go down memory lane into a history of the National Football League.
The NFL started in 1920 as the APFA and was later changed in 1922 as the NFL, and has always been a racist institution parroting the same white supremacist views of this country of not allowing blacks to play with the mindset the we are sub-standard. In 1933, the NFL started to make huge financial strides splitting the league in two divisions and having a championship game.
1933 was also the year that Joe Lillard was realeased by the a Chicago Cardinals as the only black player in NFL. He returned kicks,punts,Running back and even quarterback. Despite his incredible athletic ability the torrid racial relations a,om at players and the US caused a defacto colored ban agreed upon all the NFL owners. This lasted until 1946 when they signed Kenny Washington with the L.A. Rams along with Marion Motley and Bill Willis.
As time went on many players would eventually join the NFL as social tolerance for blacks allowed more opportunities. However there was still are problem with owners , coaches and general managers have a problem putting black players at the Quarterback position. Black Qb’s like Marlon Bristol and James Harris were the first to actually play even though others previously were qualified.
Harris was the first to actually play significantly, despite his success winning playoff games his margin for error was razor thin. He was later replaced by Ron Jaworski a rookie at the time. The QB position in the NFL is the most prestigious and the highest paying in theconsidered a “thinking mans position” because as a QB you have command of the entire offensive unit.
Any white owners and GM’s felt that black player were not intelligent enough to play the position despite their obvious success. Case and point QB Warren Moon who played at university of Washington who set several PAC-10 records went un-drafted and had to play in the CFL first.
It has been an uphill climb for the black QB in the NFL with scandals such as Mike Vick, and the verbal and online abuse Cam Newton has suffered despite him being an NFL MVP. What we fail to keep in mind is how white people look at the position. It’s the only position in the NFL that is not dominated numbers wise by black men. Only 19 percent covet the position fromwhen Colin Kaepernick took a very monumental stand against the oppression and marginalization of blacks in America he received a very indignant reception from fans .
The media outlets have not helped Kaepernick ‘s stance either, they have been in lock step with the dominate society’s rhetoric that he is disrespecting the flag and veterans and active servicemen in the military.
Which is nothing further than the truth, the only thing white supremacist care about is maintaining white privilege. Nothing more nothing less, the NFL is no different. There have been several athletes that have been convicted of manslaughter ,drugs , rapists, drug addicts back in the league. Why is Kaepernick being left out?
What crime has he committed?He hasn’t been in and out of federal court for cheating in an NFL playoff game like Tom Brady has , correct? He has donated all of his royalties from jersey sales to charities,he has also made a 1 million dollar pledge to organizations working in oppressed communities.
You can see his charitable donations at Kaepernick7.com. The NFL has supported many initiatives such breast cancer,military,you would think with a 70 percent population of players black men they would be intent on racial oppression that effect their employees . They would rather discourage them to stay silent buy freezing out the one who has shown true leadership, something they allegedly clamor for.
They do just not for racialthat being said its our duty to pay homage to Kaepernick basically putting it all in the line by boycotting the NFL and all its sponsors.
Anheiser-Busch, Barclayscard Plus, Bose,Bridgestone,Campbell’s Soup,Castro, Courtyard Marriot,Dannon, Fed Ex, Frito-Lay , Gatorade,Hyundai,Mars ,Microsoft,Nationwide,News America,Papa Johns,Pepsi,Procter & Gamble,Quaker,Verizon,Visa,USAA. Co-signing open bigotry for the sake of entertainment is not worth our integrity.