Why I have To Follow Colin Kaepernick
Last week we witnessed 2 more black men murdered at the hands of police. It’s almost scary. I mean it would be if that weren’t the norm for people of color. See, from birth, many black people are taught to act a certain way (most of the time docile and with no emotion) when they encounter law enforcement. If we don’t put on a smile, we are seen as a threat. If we ask questions instead of blindly following orders, we are a threat. If we know our rights and speak on them instead of letting an officer illegally search our vehicles or homes, we deserve to be killed. All the while our white counterparts can curse, kick, punch and even pull out a weapon when confronted by an officer with no fear of being shot. And this is why I have to follow Colin Kaepernick.
Colin Kaepernick is not the first person I’ve seen take a stand and use his platform to bring awareness to these injustices. Before he plays every game he refuses to stand for the national anthem and a flag that has done nothing to keep us from dying at the hands of the ones who were sworn to protect and serve. When I first heard about what he was doing I knew that he would become public enemy number one. See, a lot of Americans equate the flag and the national anthem to be sacred because of all who have fought for this country. And that flag may have very well done them justice in this life. But for most African Americans still here after the ending of slavery, this is not the case. And this is why I have to follow Colin Kaepernick. For example, after many of our people fought in wars for this country we were promised freedom and the same rights as our oppressors. Housing, jobs etc. were to be handed out to us when we came home. Of course, good old America reneged on all of those promises and Blacks was pushed into poverty and still treated like 1/8th of a human being. Segregation and turmoil followed every fight but we continued to still love America. Even today things are still set up to keep people of color from progressing like they should. And this is why I have to follow Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick used his rights to freedom of protest and speech to make a stand against the constant murder of his people at the hands of the police. While this is legal and one of the many reasons our troops fight for us, he is still being viewed as a race baiter and a traitor. They call him disrespectful and ungrateful just like they did the slaves that wanted freedom in the past. See, to these people, since he is of color, he shouldn’t be able to just speak freely about the horrible things that are happening. There was even a man who taped Kaepernick’s jersey to the floor for people to come and step on in order to disrespect him using his God given rights to speak out. People are so angry and even express it by saying “how dare that nigger boy, tell us we are wrong”. To them, he should be a quiet happy negro. This is mostly because Americans are raised to believe that black people are treated equally in this country. Even though if you ask nonblack Americans if they would want to be treated like us you would get some unclear answers or maybe even a solid “NO”. That right there is explanation enough of the lack of fairness across the board. And that’s why I have to follow Colin Kaepernick.
I vow to take a knee right with him because the responses are enough to show you what the oppressing race really thinks about us. Still, 1/8th of a human being that shouldn’t dare rebel or stand up for what’s right.
Nuwla Contributor – Keshawn Jordan
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My name is Keshawn Jordan and I am an activist, a messenger and the mother of 3 young children. Speaking the truth come with an ugly price. I quickly realized that when you speak out against the injustices that people of color face in the way that I do, you gain a lot of unseen enemies. Some that will underhand you and keep you from progressing. Click this link to read my story.