Fall is in the full swing, so we’re focused on NFL football this week, with the latest on Cam Newton’s performance (in press conferences), Colin Kaepernick’s continued protest, and a big day from Odell Beckham, Jr.
Apparently taking a knee during the National Anthem is divisive.
A father-daughter day turned into a lesson in protest and patriotism.
Upon the fatal shooting of Mr. Crutcher, the quarterback’s protest has a more current context, one that’s difficult to dismiss or argue against.
It is just as real, though.
Dramatic efforts to bring America to its best-self, like Mr. Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, are acts of tough love of country.
Forced patriotism isn’t patriotism at all. It’s the opposite.
No one was harmed during his protest. So, why are people condemning an African American for practicing the first amendment?
Why are these so-called patriotic Americans vilifying Colin Kaepernick?
One can be Black and athletically excellent. But one cannot be Black, athletically excellent, and socially aware. It simply is not tolerated.
It should not take the actions of the privileged to warrant a shift in our mindset towards the oppressed.
Benjamin Mullen wants to know “When will you start acting to protect the things that matter?”
Colin Kaepernick took the chance to speak out in the form of a silent protest.
Constantly protecting the comfort of whites is an example of the subtle ways in which people of color are caged and learn to remain in the cage.
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.” Albert Eisenstein
A post racial society is a grand aspiration for Mr. Cam Newton to have, but the present-day reality is one where racism runs amuck.