Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Protest Controversy Rages On
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not backing down from his decision to sit during the national anthem. Several civil rights activists, veterans and fans are supporting him–but he’s also facing plenty of criticism.
Some disgruntled fans are burnging Kaepernick jerseys, but this Facebook user decided to iron his in support of the player and those serving in the military.
Mike Freeman–writer for the Bleacher Report–reports there are some NFLs executives who quote, “despise” Kaepernick. He allegedly spoke to seven front office execs who claim 90 to 95-percent of NFL front offices feel Kaepernick’s actions were quote “un-American.”
Bomani Jones: While Other Athletes ‘Parsed Their Words,’ Kaepernick Is ‘Willing To Lose It All’
ESPN’s Bomani Jones spoke with Roland Martin about the ongoing and escalating controversy surrounding NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In a recent column on TheUndefeated.com, Jones wrote:
“… What Carmelo Anthony and Friends did at The ESPYS, a moment that was important but took great pains to make a statement that offended no one. It wasn’t what the belated Michael Jordan did on this website when he announced he was donating money to groups representing the interests of black people and the police. To paraphrase Peter Tosh, they asked for peace while Kaepernick cried out for justice. That distinction is both subtle and significant.”
In essence, Jones highlighted the vast difference between Kaepernick’s silent yet paradigm-shifting act of defiance and the carefully crafted PSA-like statement issued by a collective group of superstar athletes.
Belafonte On Kaepernick: ‘To Mute The Slave Has Always Been In The Best Interest Of Slave Owners’
Roland Martin sat down with legendary actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on Wednesday for an exclusive interview. During their discussion, Martin and Belafonte covered a variety of topics, including Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the National Anthem at football games.
Belafonte, who is no stranger to taking a stand on an unpopular issue, shared with Martin his profound thoughts on Kaepernick’s symbolic gesture to stand with the oppressed and address the backlash the NFL quarterback is experiencing.
Martin asked Belafonte about his thoughts on the reports detailing anger coming from NFL front office officials about Kaepernick’s protests, in which an undisclosed number of individuals said they would not sign the embattled quarterback if he was released from the San Francisco 49ers.
Mr. Belafonte told Martin, “To mute the slave is always been to the best interests of the slave owner.
“When a Black voice is raised in protest to oppression, those who are comfortable with our oppression are the first to criticize us for daring to speak out against it.”
Leaked Email Reveal The Shocking Truth About Democrats And Black Lives Matter
New evidence shows the Democratic Party’s public support of the Black Lives Matter movement is actually a ploy to hide their private condemnation of the civil rights group.
Internet hacker Guccifer 2.0 leaked a confidential November 2015 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee memo on Wednesday that describes the movement for Black lives as a “radical movement to end anti-Black racism.”
A portion of the leaked memo reads:
“If approached by BLM activists, campaign staff should offer to meet with local activists. Invited BLM attendees should be limited. Please aim for personal or small group meeting. Listen to their concerns. Don’t offer support for concrete policy positions.”
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast