This past weekend we witness a large portion of the NFL react to Donald Trump’s statement which he indicates any player who kneels during the National Anthem should be fired. The media and the public have praised many of the players and owners for opposing Trump and taking a knee or showing so another form of gesture during the anthem. I respect the unity and the heart to stand against the Donald Trump but part of me is disappointed.
The reason why I am somewhat disappointed is the fact that the reason Colin Kaepernick started sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem was to protest police brutality and the injustice towards black people. The fact that INNOCENT black people being slaughtered in the streets by the police and receiving no justice for these atrocities was not a good reason to take a knee. Some have only taken a knee because Trump called the league out and threaten their livelihood. Now the media is talking about every team who performed some gesture but NO ONE is talking about the injustice that started Colin on this crusade. The murder of Tamar Rice, Alton Sterling, Philando Castiel, or Freddy Gray wasn’t good enough to stand up against the system but an empty threat was the catalyst for your resistance. During all this kneeling we find out the T-Boz, of TLC, a relative was murdered by the police and this instance was barely reported. If not for T-Boz we may not have heard about this killing.
So what you took a knee, the reason for the knee as not been addressed and we are still be murdered by the people sworn to protect us. For all the black NFL players who did not want knee before the Donald Trump statement, you do not have to take a knee but you should donate money to the fight. There are many street-level organizations fighting the good fight you can donate too. There is no excuse for failing your people if you do not want to use your voice then use your wallet.
In Case You Forgot
In Case you forgot is an article written by Michael Harriot for The Root.com (link below). This article discusses the more recent police shooting, according to the article there has been 237 people shot and killed by the police since the beginning of 2017. The article goes on to outline some questionable shootings involving Black victims and have we forgot about this continuous slaughter of Black people.
My question is have we forgotten or are we desensitized about the subject. Have we become familiar with killings or have we accepted the killings as part of our lives in America. If either are true then Black Americans are doomed. I am not sure either premise is true, I offer another premise. Do we only care when it is popular to express our outrage? I ask this because when there is a video, a hashtag, or the incident is trending online there seems to be more outrage. Are we waiting for someone or the majority of society to decide this is something to voice our opinion about or march in the streets for. In some odd way I believe the victim’s families would like the outcry for justice that some of the other victims received, they may want their stories told across the nation, depicting how they are loved and how people who were dear to person are heartbroken as a result of a killer cop. Colin Kaepernick kneeling did not open the eyes to those who do not see the injustice, maybe if we scream loud enough after each killing people will start to understand that these incident were not isolated. Instead of the media trying to turn the victims into criminals they would have to listen because our screams would be deafening. It is my opinion that the reason why people hate Colin Kaepernick so much is that he has help expose America’s misdeeds to the world. If we screamed loud after each murder the rest of the world will have no choice but to listen and America does not want to appear to be evil to the rest of the world. I believe by remaining silent we are contributing to the deaths that will occur in the near future. If there is no payment for misdeeds the misdeeds will multiply.
Have we forgotten?