The price of radical concession

The price of radical concession

by Inigo Laguda August 26th 2016: Colin Kaepernick tells NFL Media why he’s been sitting through the national anthem. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people,” he exclaims in an exclusive interview. “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…

I saw this pointed out on Facebook, but thought it bears repeating.

In response to the new Kaepernick ad campaign, Republicans and Trump supporters are currently burning and destroying Nike logos.

Nike, the company, is named in honor of the Greek Goddess of the same name.

Nike is, importantly, the Goddess of Victory.

So, let's think about this. There's a massively important midterm election coming up. An election that could potentially decide the course of our nation's future...

...and we've accidentally gotten Republicans and Trump supporters to offend "Victory" Herself.

I couldn't have come up with a better curse if I had tried to come up with one myself.

I hate to use the gif, but...

I confess, there were moments yesterday where I was frustrated by the lack of force, deadly or otherwise, used by law enforcement yesterday on that display of entitlement and unchecked privilege. But then, I paused. Leaned into the emotion and located where it was coming from. It was coming from a place of grief. From the broken record of body bags that remind people that look like me that our protest, our riots, are in the name lives taken. Ours are of fear and last resort. Our grievence is one of the unloved. A country that has not reciprocated the level of sacrifice we've made for it. A country we have, to date, been unable to make love us, the way we deserve to be loved. The way it loves others. Theirs, yesterday, was a riot of fears that have yet to be realized on American soil. Fears hypothetical, yet inevitable. Fear of not being first. Fear of not being most. Fear of not getting their way. Fear of an uncertain future. Our fears, our riots are evidence based. An documented legacy of unsolved, not prosecuted, acquitted and systemically encouraged lethal violence. We march for our lives. Yesterday's "rally" was for a lifestyle. Today, our only certainty is an uncertain future...every time we leave our f****** house. They are rioting against what tomorrow might bring. We are rioting against what the past has wrought. Change is what we are fighting for, because the "way things are" hasn't worked for us since the founding of this nation. That is the desperation in our protests, I am unsure of the perceived discomfort in theirs. They are rioting to keep things stagnant, when rational science (and time) teach us that change is the only constant. "An important function of almost every system is to ensure its own perpetuation." - Dr. Donella H. Meadows, MacArthur Genius I no longer wish that they "got what was coming to them" yesterday...I just hope that next time they are the same color as me, that they are met with the same level of compassion and lack of contempt. 🙏🏾 #JacobBlake #CapitolRiots #US #Capitol #USCapitol #Kaepernick #DonellaMeadows

If you think the point of taking a knee is to disrespect our flag, then you need to re-think that.

I believe today will be a major part of history and will be talked about decades from now. Today was a day of unity. We let Trump know we aren’t here for his shit or his presidency.

We took a knee today, but we stand against Trump and inequality.

And that’s all I’m gonna say.