Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” Jesse Owens broke it down like this, “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” Then Edgar Allen Poe put it where the goats could get it when he spit, “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.”
Well playas…the reality just kicked in on Colin Kaepernick that he’s goin’ to need a job next football season so now the dun is tellin’ boyz that he’ll stand up for the national anthem next season. He decided to opt out of his contract with the 49ers this week but he really didn’t have a choice in the matter. John Lynch, the new GM, told boyz that if he wouldn’t have opted out they were goin’ to cut him anyway because the contract didn’t make sense for them to pay him the way it was currently written.
Kaepernick is now tellin’ boyz that he will stand next season because he no longer wants his method of protest to distract from the positive change he believes has been created. The national discussion has become very powerful because of the support he gained from other NFL, NBA and even high school players.
I had no problem with ole boy’z protest because he explained exactly what he was protestin’! His problem wasn’t with the flag or the National Anthem. He was protestin’ the inequality in the justice system where police officers were continuin’ to kill unarmed black men and not gettin’ charged with those murders, fired, suspended or reprimanded for their actions. He absolutely created dialogue and showed America what exercisin’ the very rights that our military men fight for everyday look like. Now I lost respect for the dun when he did all of this and then decided not to vote. That throws the protest in the trash in my opinion.
However, let’s keep it real or all the way 100, whichever comes 1st! The dun is tellin’ boyz that he’s goin’ to stand next season because he’s lookin’ for a job right now playa. Unfortunately, in this country his decision to protest inequality is still in the minority of folks thinkin’. Very few people, relatively speakin’, care about the civil rights of black folks in America. If they did folks wouldn’t be so quick to shift the focus to the kneelin’ durin’ the anthem instead of what he was actually kneelin’ about. It’s the reality of what we as black folks live through daily.
Most people walkin’ around this piece are only concerned about what affects them and their’s ONLY! So when Kaepernick or anybody for that matter, stands up to injustice in America and it makes folks uncomfortable it will be met with harsh criticism and given the thumbs down.
So now that’s he’s a free agent lookin’ for a job he’s got to publicly abandon his protest because he’s gotta eat. Welcome to the world of Black America playboy. Everybody and their baby’s momma talks about the freedoms that are available to us as Americans in their patriotic voices. However, you can only exercise those freedoms of speech about subjects that are popular to the majority of people walkin’ around. That’s real talk playa.
You better not bring up a subject that makes the majority feel uncomfortable. Not if you wanna eat and eat good!!! So that’s where Kaepernick finds himself today. He jumped out of the birthday cake last season not really thinkin’ the joint through to how it would affect him today. Why? Because everybody can’t jump out there.
Durin’ the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950’s and ’60’s the vast majority of people on the front lines were clergy that worked essentiality for the very people they were speakin’ up for and college students that didn’t have jobs to lose. How do I know? Because my parents were those same college students that sat in on the lunch counters and marched in the south. Their parents weren’t out there out front either! Why? Because they had jobs that they couldn’t afford to lose. For that reason I hope Kaepernick saved his bread. 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.
The caption under the photo isn’t real but its real talk!