On August 26, 2016 with a cornrow hairstyle, kappa psi phi member, and then San Francisco player Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem to protest the injustices that African American and people of color face in the United States. It’s not only African Americans because there are black people from other countries who live in the United States. Kaepernick’s effort was to raise awareness to the injustices many are facing by using his platform.
“There is police brutality. People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials,” Kaepernick said about his protest. At first only a few supported Kaepernick. Now a year later we see entire teams and many owners taking a knee. But as many of us know they are now taking a knee because President Trump statement and not wanting to ruin their own personal image. President Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’”. Yes, that was our current president.
Unfortunately with this chain of events the point of Kaepernicks’ protest has gotten loss in the President’s insult. Like American history, the facts were twisted, causing many to be misguided. Athletes were portrayed as intentionally trying to disrespect veterans and their country. Kaepernick’s protest was the reason he did not get signed to a team. Let be honest and now Commissioner Roger Goodell might restrict NFL players from using their platform to promote equality and justice for all not just the rich, or white people. So I propose not watching the NFL games. Many fans have already decided not to watch the games due to Kaepernick not being signed but if you are still weary about whether or not you should watch here are 10 things you can do instead of watching.
- Volunteer with a non-profit
- Mentor a young person
- Get involved in your local government
- Blog about your experience with social injustice
- Use your money for game day food to support a positive cause
- Contact your local senators and congress members on issues you want changed
- Learn how to help end Mass Incarceration
- Work on creating an organization
- Take a class on an interesting subject
- Do not watch the NFL games live
- Take the time to focus on your health both physically and mentally
- Use your Sunday’s to spend time with loved one and go outside
- Here’s a bonus… follow For The Culture on all their social media platforms.
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