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He’s the New Ambassador of Conscience and Still No Job

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by G. Brown

Colin Kaepernick has received one of the highest honors in the world being named this year’s recipient of the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award.  Amnesty International is a global movement of more than seven million people who campaign to end human rights abuse.  Amnesty has members in 150 countries around the globe and proudly professes its independence of any “political ideology, economic interest or religion.” They see injustice and call it out which is exactly what Kaepernick’s “take a knee” protest has been about–fighting injustice.

He used his acceptance speech to remind people what he stands for.  Kaepernick said, “Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex,”

It’s that kind of brash honesty that has sidelined Kaepernick’s successful football career. The former SF 49ers quarterback was benched in 2016 after he began kneeling during the national anthem instead of standing.  His protest sparked debates, inspired other athletes and coaches and even drew the ire of the man in the White House who said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired! He’s fired!’”  And that’s exactly what’s happened to Kap’s glory days on the gridiron. He was released by the 49ers and has been watching from the sidelines as a free agent ever since.

It’s ironic that the newest ambassador for human rights is a living example of how human rights and justice can be trampled. The organization says on its website (amnesty.org) “No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope”, but is Kap’s situation that one exception to Amnesty’s rule and the one case of injustice that may “beyond hope”?

Maybe Kaepernick has changed his life’s goal and no longer hopes to throw winning passes or dreams of leading his team to the Superbowl.  Maybe his new hope lies in fighting for those around the world who need someone who’s willing to lose everything to fight for others.  Maybe Kaepernick sees the lost of fame and fortune not as a lost, but as a blessing in disguise.  He put everything on the line to fight against racial injustice and police brutality when no one asked him to.  He did it because he thought it was the right thing to do and he got blackballed for it. But his sacrifice and valor have not been in vain judging from from Tweets in response to his award.

The sport he loves may have forgotten him, but to people around the globe Kaepernick is the MVP of humanity.

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Every time a black man scores a touchdown, white men become millionaires. Alabama coach Nick Saban, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh have made so much money off of black football players, their financial legacies will carry over to their future generations for at least another one hundred years. In other words, those white men will never go broke. #BlackLaborWhiteWealth

    P.S. Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban makes $11 million dollars a year.

  2. NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Black men who play football are just as stupid as black men who join the military! We must stop feeding the beast and start investing our wisdom and physical talents in the black community. #RecycleBlackDollars

  3. NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Quote from Louis Farrakhan, “More black people have been lynched under the jurisdiction of the American flag than the Confederate flag.”

  4. NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    If you’re black in America, you have no business pledging your allegiance to a country that murdered your ancestors for over four hundred years.

  5. NBA is fixed

    April 24, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    Speaking of human rights abuse, the NFL has been abusing black men’s rights for over fifty years. If you disagree with me, ask Junior Seau, oh wait he’s dead.

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