Updated: Feb 8
Kaepernick, ex-NFL quarterback.
When the ex-NFL San Fransisco's 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick had decided to sit rather than stand during the national anthem's airing at one of the club's preseason game in 2016 as is the culture, he had acted in protest against racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. His decision had drawn a huge suspicion of Colin's intent. A bad feud ensued amongst white America who had thought that the footballer's action had been unpatriotic!
The next week, and throughout what was left of his career, Mr. Kaepernick had knelt on a knee throughout the season: He'd been met with a huge national outcry from those whose right sense of patriotism and moral judgment had been wronged! The 49ers' management had bowed to the social pressure and call to dispense off, of his quality services! Soon, the powers that ruled the sport had also decided to leave Kaepernick unsigned, since 2017. That was until he took them to court. For his income loss, both parties had reached a financial settlement. He would never be able to play in the NFL again, and the conscience of racism that hated being rocked by the truth had yet once again being lulled to coma, by the power of backhand money!
Picture of Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas, at the Burial Service of the murdered George Floyd, June 9, 2020, at the Fountain of Life Church, Texas.
Then jolted it into consciousness again by one unknown, unrecognizable, 'not-common' type of emotive scenario made possible through the recording of a bystander on May 25, 2020. A truthful, gruesome scenario that had revolved around the merciless, inhumane murder of the 46-year-old, father-of-three, Floyd George, a Texan, resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
As is seen in the video, 44-year-old caucasian cop, Derek Chauvin, had had Mr. Floyd in custody already: Hands cuffed behind his back, face-down, the assailant had deliberately knelt on George's back and neck for a total of 08 minutes and 46 seconds, even as the deceased had pleaded for his life: "Please officer, I can't breathe ..." Held under that pressure, Floyd had wee on himself, on that hot, laterite coaltar street, across from the store where he had been alleged to have passed a fake $20 currency for which the Police had been called out on him. Every passing second, as his life had ebbed away, blood had streaked from his nose and in his dying moments, he had called for his dead momma as the murderer had maintained pressure on his neck which pressure had caused his death by asphyxiation! Floyd George had died a martyr of the Black Lives Matter and had fueled the debate calling for wide-sweeping reforms in Police brutality and an end to systemic racism of all types, worldwide! I don't think that the world-wide renown and accolades showered upon George Floyd in his death had strictly been a result of his exemplary lifestyle. No, far from it. But because his rights under the United States Constitution had been grossly violated as was in the days of slavery, protests had broken out in major cities of every country in the world, crowds of masses despising the social-distancing rule to unite in solidarity, whites, and blacks, Catholics and Protestants, Jews and Gentiles, marching and protesting against the subjugation of the black race and people of color in America, and right across the world! In the former case, corporate America had castigated the Kaepernick as a traitor of American ideals. In the latter, it had decided to be tongue-tied in denouncing Chauvin's less-than-heroic racial murder. The powers that be looked the other way for more than a week before Chauvin had been arrested. And the three other officers, still yet further, more days before they would be brought in! Let's all pray that justice is served! "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you. But to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8). My question to you is simple: "Which knee was deadlier?" #Erradicate #Systemic #Racism #Slavery