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These rich white people think that they can buy the silence of the black man just because they pay him millions! No! Money won’t help! He risks his career and huge sums of money for the sake of his brothers!
You can not buy off all the murders and hundreds of years of oppression of black people!

Why do white people get mad at black people having an opinion?

Perhaps because they speak the truth…

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For years Colin Kaepernick has been criticized for his silence, for “not being a grown-up,” for being a man of few words. Journalists literally counted the amount of words he said at a press conference.

But now that he’s speaking out publicly about a massively important issue, people all of a sudden want him to “shut up and play football.” 

We can’t have it both ways. Either we want to hear what Kaepernick — a politically astute black man who happens to play football for a living — has to say, or we don’t. 

Athletes can be more than the public platforms upon which they stand.

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In a blink of an eye a national hero can turn into enemy just because he decided to defend his opinion! And this opinion was not directed against any of these newly-haters. He just wanted to appeal to reason! He just wanted some equality for his brothers, to let them live freely in this country!

He is not a traitor, he is not giving up his country! He only wants some justice!

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KING: If you hate Colin Kaepernick, you must hate Jackie Robinson
Robinson, reflecting on his first World Series, reveals in his autobiography how hearing the national anthem really made him feel.

In America, brave heroes who stand against injustice have a way of being hated, booed, and mercilessly jeered when they are alive and celebrated to the point of near sainthood when they pass from time to eternity.

Dr. Martin Luther King has a national holiday in America. A towering statue of King stands in the National Mall alongside memorials to Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. His image and likeness are used in commercials for McDonalds and Mercedes. Conservatives and liberals alike quote him — claiming he’s on their side. When he was alive, for just 39 short years, that was rarely his story. Before he was assassinated, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover wrote him a note encouraging him to kill himself. He was brutally assaulted on several occasions. He was arrested repeatedly. His popularity, if anything, is post-mortem.

Perhaps no sports hero in American history is more universally loved than Jackie Robinson. My son Ezekiel and I feel lucky that we have lived in both Los Angeles and Brooklyn, because those are the two cities where Robinson played for the Dodgers. We collect Jackie Robinson memorabilia. My son chooses the number 42 for every sports team he plays on if they allow it. When we see the number 42 in public, we smile and believe it brings us good luck.

Jackie Robinson is the quintessential American hero not only because he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball, but because he was also one of the best to ever play the game. He was Rookie of the Year, MVP, and helped take the Dodgers to the World Series six different times. Before that, he was an All-American athlete at UCLA and was the school’s first athlete to earn a varsity letter in four different sports. He was so gifted that baseball was actually his worst sport in college. He won the 1940 National Championship in long jumping and crushed it basketball and football as well.

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He served our country honorably during World War II, in spite of being harassed and mistreated by bigots throughout his service. A full ten years before Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson refused to leave his seat on a segregated military bus and ended up being court-martialed for it.

By the time Jackie Robinson began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, he was already 28 years old and had lived an amazingly full life. He was a grown man who would’ve likely been seen as being slightly past his prime had he been allowed to play Major League Baseball sooner. Nonetheless, for years on end, he endured some of the most outrageous bigotry one could ever imagine. Racist taunts came from on the field and off. Integrated restaurants and hotels were hard to come by on the road. Still, he endured.

For all of his sacrifices, Jackie Robinson has become not only a god in Major League Baseball, with his number retired and on the walls of every stadium in the league, but he is revered as the quintessential American hero.

Yet, in his final days, as he reflected back over his life, he said something terribly inconvenient in his autobiography, “I Never Had It Made.” This passage, it should be noted, is not an obscure one, but is the central thematic moment in the autobiography from which the title of the book is hewn. Robinson, reflecting on the first game of his first World Series, reveals how seeing the flag and hearing the national anthem wasn’t quite what people would’ve expected.

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There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.

There we have it. Jackie Robinson the World War II vet, Jackie Robinson the barrier-breaking baseball legend said “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag.”

I call that inconvenient history. Now, as every talking head in America piles on football player Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand up for the national anthem, I must ask them this question.

Was Jackie Robinson wrong? Do you hate him the way you seem to hate Colin Kaepernick?

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Don’t tell me “that was a different time.” It wasn’t 1945, 1955, or even 1965 when Robinson revealed that he could not and would not salute the American flag, but 1972, after the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act had already been passed. Robinson knew that in spite of the many gains America had been made, it too often failed to live up to many of its promises to black folk.

Today, we live in a time that desperately warrants bold actions. Police brutality and injustice are gripping our nation. A bigot is the Republican nominee for president. Unemployment, poverty, and failing schools are still a daily reality in inner cities all over America.

If Colin Kaepernick needs to “move back to Africa” or “leave this country,” as some of his harshest critics have argued, then you must also hate Jackie Robinson. I doubt even Donald Trump would admit that though.

What do Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali have in common? They were vilified during their lifetimes, then became praised after their deaths because of their fights against injustice. 


H/T: Shaun King at NYDN

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