Colin Kaepernick made headlines this weekend after not standing for the National Anthem and how he doesn’t want to pledge allegiance to a country that oppresses black people..
He spoke to the media today explaining his decisions he told NFL.com that he was protesting because “there are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Today he expanded on his stance.
Here are a couple of his answers:
Do you personally feel oppressed?
CK: There have been situations where I feel like I’ve been ill-treated, yes. This stand wasn’t for me. This stand wasn’t because I feel like I’m being put down in any kind of way. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and effect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.
Are you concerned that this can be seen as a blanket indictment of law enforcement in general?
CK: There is police brutality. People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.
(In Washington D.C., for instance, where I live, it takes 1,500 hours to get a cosmetology license, and 28 weeks to complete the police academy.)
Do you want to expand on that?
CK: You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?
What would be a success?
CK: That’s a tough question because there’s a lot of things that need to change, a lot of different issues that need to be addressed. That’s something that it’s really hard to lock down one specific thing that needs to change currently.
Well the mother who gave birth to him and gave him up for adoption for being half black is coming for him on Twitter…. Tweets now deleted:
She hasn’t been active on Twitter in a month….
Heidi Russo @Heidirn1
@Kaepernick7 There’s ways to make change w/o disrespecting & bringing shame to the very country & family who afforded you so many blessings.
7:38 PM – 27 Aug 2016
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Heidi Russo @Heidirn1
@Kaepernick7 The path less traveled doesn’t need to be one of destruction. #beenthere #besmarter #berespectful
7:40 PM – 27 Aug 2016