Unless you've been in a coma the past couple weeks or so, it's quite impossible to not have become familiar with the Colin Kaepernick situation. Kaepernick, QB for the San Francisco 49ers, first chose to sit but now takes a knee during the national anthem in protest of police brutality against Blacks throughout the country. Born to a white mother and Black father, Kaep was adopted and raised by white parents, but he never lost touch with his blackness. His protest does not extend to the Armed Forces. Of course, Kaep's stance has drawn an enormous deal criticism from many, some even coming from the African American community. Logically, the criticism rests in the sentiment that his stance is the epitome of being Anti-American. Several NFL executives (in anonymity of course) have stated that they'd never sign him, if given the opportunity. In fact, Kaep stands a chance of being cut before the 53 man roster is established within the next week or so as Week 1 approaches. Theoretically, he could be blackballed, as teams may be hesitant to risk the bad public relations and backlash in signing Kaep. But, as usual when it comes to matters of race and inequality, the point of it all is being missed completely. You have to be some sort of blind/ignorant/delusional/bigoted asshole to fix your mouth to say that there isn't a near catastrophic problem in this country when it comes to matters of police brutality in Black America. NYPD says that a chokehold maneuver is illegal to subdue perps, yet it was used in the death of Eric Garner. He was unarmed. A 911 call in Cleveland went in on a young boy, concerned about his actions on a nearby playground. He reportedly had a gun, a toy gun. Tamir Rice was twelve years old. He was shot and killed mere seconds after the police arrived. His gun was clearly a toy, equipped with the standard orange tip. Would a white child ever suffer this type fate in this country? You don't have to answer. It's rhetorical. The typical diversion used by the deaf, dumb & blind is the argument that black on black crime is ignored in Black America, that it's the bigger issue. Every race is more apt to kill a member of the same race by far, simple and plain. We know we have a huge problem within many of our communities. No one gets a pass on killing someone. But what separates police from the rest is the fact that they're hired to protect and serve us all, not just the affluent and white.
At the end of the day, form your own conclusion. But don't ignore the bigger issue. Discussion is healthy. Talk about it with diverse people. You may learn something. You may even put them up on game.
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