You just gotta love Colin Kaepernick. The 31-year-old sacrificed his career for what he believed in and three years later, the conversation still continues.
In case you missed it, Jay-Z is getting mixed reactions for his new business alliance with the NFL. This week, he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was accused of actively working to prevent Colin Kaepernick from working. The rapper said we are beyond kneeling and need actionable items.
Jay said, “I think we’ve passed kneeling. I think it’s time to go into actionable items. I think everyone knows what the issue is, and we’re done with that.”
He continued, “We all know the issue now. Okay, next. Where are we moving on next? And I’m not… again, to be clear, for the room, I’m not minimizing that part of it. That has to happen. That’s a necessary part of the process. Now we all know what’s going on. What are we going to do? How are we going to stop? How are gonna stop? The kneeling wasn’t about a job, it was about injustice. Let me bring attention to injustice. Everyone’s saying, ‘How are you going forward and Kap doesn’t have a job?’ This wasn’t about him having a job.”
Yesterday, it was reported that the the Brooklyn native will be part owned of an NFL team, which Carolinas Panthers Safety blasted, “Jay-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment the NFL did to Colin. And now he’s going to be a part owner … It’s kind of despicable.”
In August 2016, Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem as a peaceful protest against police brutality. He famously said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Eric Reid also kneeled with Kaepernick.
Colin sparked a national conversation and he became one of the many Black public figures Trump attacked on social media. Other players began kneeling with Colin but soon enough they were all standing for the National Anthem as Kaepernick was exiled from the NFL.
Since then, Kaepernick has kept winning. He started a comedy series with Ava DuVernay, headline the 30th anniversary of Nike’s Just Do It campaign and he received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard’s highest honor in African and African-American.
We honor his confidence, strength and Blackness with photos of Colin Kaepernick looking like Black excellence. #KaepSoBlack
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Nike sold out 61% more of its merchandise in the 10 days after the Colin Kaepernick ad dropped than in the 10 days before 😮 pic.twitter.com/jDmJLYsAr7— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 19, 2018