“I ain’t doin’ nothin’ bruh!”
George Washington once said, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” Tracy Morgan gave it to us like this, “We have freedom of speech, but you got to watch what you say.” Then Tom Smothers put it where the goats could get it when he spit, “Freedom of expression and freedom of speech aren’t really important unless they’re heard. The freedom of hearing is as important as the freedom of speaking.”
Well playas…Colin Kaepernick ‘s freedom of expression and speech on Friday night was very important because everybody heard them. Ole boy refused to stand for the National Anthem before the 49ers played the Green Bay Packers because of his views on how this country treats minorities.
He told the press after the game, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! There are a lot of boyz fired up at ole Colin today because they feel like he’s bein’ disrespectful to the good ole US of A. However, most of the duns that are upset with him probably don’t understand what it feels like to be black in America.
Now I personally don’t think that his beef should be with the National Anthem because we’re all American at this point. However, black folks were slaves durin’ the War of 1812 when the flag in question was made by Francis Scott Key. So all of the brothers could really trip because we were in chains when boyz celebrated the victory.
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of things that mainstream America takes for granted that don’t really apply to African-Americans. Take the 4th of July for instance. We were slaves on July 4th, 1776. So that isn’t our Independence Day! Our Independence day is June 19th, 1865 because that’s the day recognized as the day that all of the slaves in Texas found out more than 2 and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was actually signed. It’s called Juneteenth playboy! That’s our Independence Day!
But on some real talk, his beef should be with the local principalities and the judicial system that allows this foolishness to take place not with the flag. But the fact that he put the Star Spangled Banner on blast durin’ an NFL game got the attention that he was lookin’ for. Now boyz are talkin’ about it whether you think he was right or wrong. He brought attention to the injustice that most people in America try to act like doesn’t exist.
As long as he knows that he’s upset the powers that be and he’s willin’ to deal with the backlash I’m cool with him sittin’. It’s not my bread, endorsements or roster spot bein’ affected. That better be careful because he’s barely holdin’ on to a spot while you’re playin’. If he’s cool with it then I’m cool with him bein’ cool with it bruh. I can’t tell that man that he’s wrong if that’s how he feels because he isn’t lyin’! Stop me when I start lyin!
1) Spit: verb – to say
2) Dun: noun – the person in question, dude, guy, etc. It’s whoever I’m talkin’ about and its non-gender specific.
3) Put it where the goats can get it: verb phrase – to make it as elementary as possible. To put it at ground level so everyone can understand it.