THE EMERGENCE OF THE COLIN KAEPERNICK MESSAGE
(A RESPONSE INDEPENDENT OF THE EUROCENTRIC CONTROLLED MEDIA)
By: Mark Carven Olds, Managing Director, Midwest Minority Think Tank for Public Policy, Leadership, and Service, LLC
Beyond the personal support of the man, Colin Kaepernick. I support the level of Black Consciousness that his actions have raised. I have no personal knowledge of Colin Kaepernick’s faith commitment or any of his organizational allegiance. What I do possess; however, is a keen awareness of the absence of justice in America and an astute recognition of the presence of injustice. I have to act on the absence of justice and the presence of injustice far more than any personal action taken by Colin Kaepernick. In essence, I appreciate Brother Colin’s courage to launch a personal protest that may involve into a movement. What must be seen going forward is the meaning of why he started his personal sit down as opposed to what the flag does or does not stand for, or the National Anthem represents or does not represent.
The personal action demand has been launched by injustice and oppression aimed at Blacks and other people of color in this nation. Since Colin Kaepernick has taken the systemic acts of oppression against the less fortunate personally, each individual must not look solely to Colin Kaepernick for a next course of action. The question now becomes, what will you do as an individual? What will be your individual protest or proactive response to the current plight of injustice? Kaepernick has risked his career and his earning capacity on the line. Will you stand or sit at the next high school football game? Do you feel strong enough about the injustice to risk your son or nephew an opportunity to get a scholarship to college? Or, do you feel the struggle should be left to others on a bigger stage?
Let us not allow “the Colin Kaepernick Experience” to become only a star-studded, trendy event. Should that become the course of action, then there will be the risk that entire effort will quickly fade. This significant moment and opportunity should not be tabled until the next hottest thing appears.
- In the comfort of your own home, what do you plan to do when the Nation Anthem is played?
- In the confines of your own heart, what will you be thinking?
- In the inner chambers of your heart, what action will be prompted within you when the Black National Anthem (Lift Every Voice and Sing) is played?
Some have suggested America (as far back as “the Ray Charles Rendition”) should be the Nation Anthem.
As related to the National Anthem controversy, I have a suggestion in the midst of the calls for dialogue and discussion. I hereby suggest, “A’INT NO STOPPIN’ US NOW” by Whitehead and McFadden. Colin Kaepernick has reminded us as well inspired us to move from merely standing to doing. Whitehead and McFadden have reminded us and Colin Kaepernick and other professional athletes have shown us that we are on the move – A CHANGE IS COMING!
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