Did you watch any NFL games this weekend?
Sep 9, 2019 —
(above image courtesy of @KapWatch)
Did you watch any NFL games this weekend? We didn't. Did you?
Have you given up on #NoKaepernickNoNFL already? Did Jay-Z's move -- and the division within the community that came as a result -- minimize Colin Kaepernick's protest for you? Are you asking yourself, "what's the point"?
We understand protests are hard. We also understand this protest has lasted longer than you probably expected. But protests are hard. They aren't meant to be easy.
When Rosa Parks decided to not move for the white man back in 1955, it set off a protest that lasted 11 months (the Montgomery Bus boycott). This was also the protest where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr first gained national prominence, preaching non-violence as a method to confront Jim Crow racism.
Between Dr. King's first time gaining national prominence to the Civil Rights Act getting signed -- effecting ending its era's Jim Crow -- 9 years went by. From 1955 to 1964. During those 9 years, various protests took place to end Jim Crow either locally, statewide or at a federal level.
But people were killed, no matter their race. Folks just didn't want their old way of living life (Jim Crow / keeping Blacks in line due to economic fears) to change. But it happened. It just took 9 years. Add the 10th year for the Voting Rights Act to pass.
THE PROTEST WAS SUCCESSFUL.
Or if you're saying, "Dr. King didn't play sports"...let's look at the case of a historic sports star...
As you know, Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing license for refusing to fight in Vietnam. That was on June 20, 1967. As you also know, he was RIDICULED by the establishment for his religious stance. It wasn't until October 26, 1970, that we saw Ali in the ring again.
Do you know how many days it took for Ali to get back in the ring? 1,201 days.
One of the major reasons Ali was able to return was that the National climate on Vietnam changed between 1967 and 1970. By the time Ali came back in the ring...the Vietnam war was very unpopular, which led many to believe Ali was correct in his beliefs.
What was left for Ali to do at that point was reclaim his title, which he did 4 years later against George Foreman in "The Rumble in the Jungle". After winning that fight, Ali went from mostly Black hero to WORLDWIDE hero...never to be mistaken again.
ALI'S STANCE WAS SUCCESSFUL.
So for all you who are considering giving up Kaepernick's protest...please don't!
That's what the NFL (and its partners) want you to do.
That's why they got Jay-Z.
That's why they donate to social justice "organizations", only to get debunked by twitter users like @RzstProgramming who expose these organizations for who they really are.
REMEMBER THESE WORDS: AS LONG AS YOU DON'T GIVE UP THE FIGHT (WHILE MAKING STRATEGIC MOVES)...THE CAUSE YOU'RE FIGHTING FOR WILL PREVAIL.
That's why we posted the "922 days" graphic above (from @KapWatch). This represents the number of days since Kap announced he was opting out, which was on March 1, 2017.
922 days may seem like a long time (and it is), but by remembering Dr. King and Ali's fight, you should know that giving up Kaepernick's fight is not an option at this point.
After all, you don't want your kid -- who may want to protest after seeing a grave injustice around -- to NOT protest because "they banned Kaepernick". Is that a message you want your kid to have?
So don't let the NFL & its owners/partners/Black representatives win. They don't deserve it. You don't deserve it. Kaepernick certainly didn't deserve it.
So for the 3rd year in a row,
P.S.: Media coverage of the protest has been a big issue in all this, with most people either ignoring Kaepernick's cause or writing about "the other side's" stance.
That's why we recently created a media platform where we collect articles that are FOR progress and justice, which we update daily. You can check it out by clicking here.
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