I recently saw a shirt that says :
We march, y’all mad, We sit down, y’all mad, We speak up, y’all mad, We die, y’all silent.
Let those words sink in for a bit before you pass judgement on what they are saying.
I’m not going to wade into the political world but this shirt reminded me of Colin Kaepernick and what he’s been going through with NFL free agency. Whether you agree with him or not his actions have caused people to talk, something that is necessary in this country.
Unfortunately there are people like Mike Vick who went on FS1’s “Speak For Yourself,” and said that the reason why Kaepernick doesn’t have a job is because he is still sporting an afro. Really Mike? Vick went on to say it’s really not about his hair but about his last two years of play. If he cuts his hair and goes back to the NFL with hat on hand and keeps on line, Vick thinks all will be forgiven. Much like after he was forgiven for his dog fighting charges. Vick reminded us all “it’s not about selling out.”
I’m not sure I buy that. While it may not be that Kaepernick is getting black balled from getting a job in the NFL because of his beliefs, he’s causing questions to be asked of the culture and mentality of those that are in charge of signing players. He’s reaffirmed my opinion that football is about money and the image of what is on the field. Look at some of the white players who have long hair and long beards, why is that okay? Is what Vick saying that Kaepernick’s hair cut reminds fans of the 70s and Black Power activists? Mike Vick reminds me of a dog killer. There are players in the NFL with weapons charges. There are players in the NFL who have beat and abused domestic partners. There have been players in the NFL that have killed others and still been able to come back. You are going to tell me someone should cut their hair Mike? Give me a break. All Kaepernick did these past two years is express his right to protest. He didn’t break a law and he didn’t break an NFL rule. He can grow an afro and he can kneel for the anthem. However you can’t kill or beat a human much less defenseless animals.
I have a real problems with the fact that it’s okay with guys like Rex Ryan to attend and even announce guys like Donald Trump at political rallies without their teams saying a word. Meanwhile Kaepernick doesn’t say a word on the field but keeps to himself. Each man expressed his right to protest or display his view only one of them has been chastised for it – I wonder why?