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Colin Kaepernick criticizes the NFL for blackballing Eric Reid

Colin Kaepernick criticizes the NFL for blackballing Eric Reid

Colin Kaepernick criticizes the NFL for blackballing Eric Reid

The police shooting of Jacob Blake has led to the NFL taking several steps to address the issues with the current system and seeking social justice reforms across the NFL. However, Colin Kaepernick is unsure about the efforts being genuine.

He claimed that the initiatives undertaken by the football league are propaganda and the former San Francisco 49er criticized them for expelling Eric Reid for his attempts to battle against systemic racism.

“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick tweeted. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”

It was Reid who was the first 49er to follow Kaepernick and kneel during the National Anthem as a way to protest police brutality. Even during Kaepernick’s absence, he continued to kneel and was unexpectedly released from the Carolina Panthers in March although he had a great record. Later, ESPN ranked Reid as the No. 7 free agent. Although every player ranked above him has been recruited, he still hasn’t found a new NFL team ready to play him.

After the shooting of George Floyd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL apologized for refusing to listen to the concerns related to racial injustice. However, it was Blake’s shooting that led to actual action.

Prior to the NFL season, it was revealed that messages related to social justice will be sprawled across the end zones. Moreover, other initiatives have also been announced, such as enhancing relations between law enforcement and the community, and to close all their facilities on Election Day to ensure that their employees can vote.

Moreover, each of the teams have also revealed their plans for social justice and chose to stay in their locker rooms during national anthems.

While Kaepernick is still unsure about the NFL’s efforts, he appreciated LeBron James who played a pivotal role in the boycotts staged by the NBA.

“Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick penned to James. “Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. Thank you for staying true.”

Look below for Kaepernick’s post about the NFL blackballing Reid.

While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community. Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.

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George Floyd’s family to be honored during Minnesota Vikings game

George Floyd’s family to be honored during Minnesota Vikings game

George Floyd’s family to be honored during Minnesota Vikings game

The family of George Floyd- the Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day- will be honored by the Minnesota Vikings.

A statement was released by the team where in they announced that on their September 13 game against Green Bay Packers, the family of Floyd will be honored at the U.S. Bank Stadium following the performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

They also plan on addressing the issue of racism by employing other measures. The players are all set to don t-shirts with the phrase “Be the Change” on the front, while their backs will demonstrate the names of the 200 Black people who were either killed due to racist attacks or police brutality.

Furthermore, the field’s end zones will demonstrate messages such as “It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism.” Players can also don helmet decals with sporting the name of a victim of systemic racism. They can choose to wear it for their opening game or throughout the season.

Several other teams have decided to address police brutality and racism during this NFL season. For instance, the Miami Dolphins announced that they plan to remain in their locker room when the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” are played.

The team released a two-minute clip wherein they spoke about their intention.

“This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we’ll skip this song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside,” the Dolphins players said. “We need changed hearts, not just a response to pressure. Enough, no more fluff and empty gestures. We need owners with influence and pockets bigger than ours to call up officials and flex political power.”

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Miami Dolphins to stay in locker rooms during the national anthems

Miami Dolphins to stay in locker rooms during the national anthems

Miami Dolphins to stay in locker rooms during the national anthems

During the Star Spangled Banner and Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Miami Dolphins will stay in their locker rooms, they have announced.

A two minute video was released on the NFL opening, where the players spoke about the objective underlying the decision, especially seeking change as opposed to engaging in “empty gestures.”

“This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we’ll skip this song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside,” Dolphins players said. “We need changed hearts, not just a response to pressure. Enough, no more fluff and empty gestures. We need owners with influence and pockets bigger than ours to call up officials and flex political power.”

The NFL had recently announced social justice initiatives, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The Black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” will be played during the opening week of the NFL. However, the players are of the opinion that this is merely fluff.

“We don’t need another publicity parade,” player Bobby McCain said. “If you speak up for change, I’ll shut up and play.”

“So if my dad was a soldier, but the cops killed my brother, do I stand for one anthem and kneel for the other?” Elandon Roberts asked in the video.

The coach and owner of the Dolphins supported the move of the players. “It was directed at everyone [in the NFL]. I think every individual in this country can do a little bit better — players, coaches, owners, media,” said Dolphins owner Brian Flores. “That was the message. To try to misconstrue the message or take it in some different light, that wasn’t what the message was supposed to be.”

The Dolphins plan on donating $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition Fines and Fees program under their social justice plan. This money will be used to support the citizens returning with past convictions to help pay any outstanding fees and become voters.

Moreover, $2 million will be directed towards providing meals for residents in Miami who are underserved, while at least $1million towards assisting restaurants owned by minorities.

Interestingly, on Thursday, the Houston Texans also decided to stay in their locker rooms as Chloe x Halle and Alicia Keys kicked off the NFL season with the national songs.

The EVP of the Texans, Jack Easterby, stated that the objective of the decision was to ensure that there would be “no misinterpretation of them celebrating one song and throwing shade on the other.”

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LeBron James is thanked by Colin Kaepernick for leading NBA strike

LeBron James is thanked by Colin Kaepernick for leading NBA strike

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This summer, when the NBA season resumed, LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers decided to take a knee during the National Anthem, which was a move meant to protest against police brutality and was first adopted by former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“I hope we continue to make him proud,” James said during the same time.

James took to Instagram on Friday, to share with his 71 million followers, the words of appreciation by Kaepernick.

“Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick penned to James. “Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. Thank you for staying true.”

James also wrote: “Standing/kneeling right next to you brother! Appreciate you.”

The letter was unveiled by the NBA champ as several teams are deciding to sit out of games to protest against police shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, an unarmed Black man who has been shot seven times as his children watched the incident occur in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Aug. 23.

He is now paralyzed from the waist down due to the shooting. The shooting also led to several protests, which eventually led to another shooting by a 17-year-old gunman who killed two protesters.

The Milwaukee Bucks were the first among NBA teams to make the decision to not play on Wednesday. Almost immediately, the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers followed and also voted to put an end to the season at an earlier stage.

The following day, James interacted with former President Barack Obama. On Saturday, the league was scheduled to return to the court and a few teams vowed to convert their arenas into official polling sites before Election Day on November 3.

In 2016, after the shooting of Mario Woods, Kaepernick began to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and was believed to be pushed out the league. James stated that Kaepernick deserves an apology from NFL.

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Navy to thoroughly investigate man dressed in Colin Kaepernick jersey for K-9 demonstration

Navy to thoroughly investigate man dressed in Colin Kaepernick jersey for K-9 demonstration

Navy to thoroughly investigate man dressed in Colin Kaepernick jersey for K-9 demonstration

The incident took place last year during a fundraiser event at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The occurrence occurred a year ago during a pledge drive event at the Navy SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida. In the video, which has been seen just about 6 million times on Twitter, a man wearing a Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers shirt and protective gear is assaulted by four canines.

In a subsequent video, he tumbles to the ground and pokes a fun at standing. “Oh man, I will stand,” the man said as a reference to Kaepernick’s kneeling protest. The crowd of onlookers laughed.

The Navy has discharged an announcement saying that they are researching the episode, yet nobody included was an active member of the armed service. “The inherent message of this video is completely inconsistent with the values and ethos of Naval Special Warfare and the U.S. Navy,” the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command said in a statement.

“We are investigating the matter fully, and initial indications are that there were no active duty Navy personnel or equipment involved with this independent organization’s event,” the statement concluded.

Kaepernick started to peacefully protest during the national anthem in late 2016. He would take a knee during the playing of the anthem to fight police brutality and racial inequity within America. He would not represent the national anthem until the words in the melody were true.

In spite of the fact that his activism costed him his football vocation, he constantly leverages his platform to battle for minorities through his Know Your Rights Camp cause. They as of late gave over $1.75 million to Black and brown communities to help battle the spread of COVID-19 and help the individuals who are as of now incarcerated.

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