Colin Kaepernick, the star quarterback from the San Francisco 49ers, has recently immersed himself into controversy by kneeling during the national anthem with the following of many other athletes across the nation, in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
Kaepernick’s response to NFL Media worded, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
According to the Huffington Post, Kaepernick shows his pride in a different way by starting a Black-Panther inspired youth camp, with a plan to spread the camps across multiple cities throughout the country.
During the 49ers bye week, Kaepernick made his first stop in Oakland where he hosted a free youth camp on Saturday called Know Your Rights.The programs objective is to teach kids about various important issues, including higher education, self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement.
New York Daily News got word from Kaepernick at the event, “We’re here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We’re here to give you tools to help you succeed. We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”
Kaepernick has really shown his urgency to create change in this world he deems oppressed by starting off a Black-Panther inspired youth camp, he pronounces to eventually be shared nation wide.
Could Colin Kaepernick, a superstar athlete, really be forming a proposition that America needs?