The significance of Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest | theSkimm x Shondaland


My initial reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem, I was surprised, surprised he took such a strong stand. I thought that it was an absolute display of reverence. We’re so used to athletes making this much money and having this image. And you protect the image and you protect your money. And he didn’t care about those things. I hope the young people that were watching can understand the volume of a silent protest. When Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the national anthem in 2016, he said it was a statement of support for oppressed people of color. It was a direct response to police brutality against African Americans. Kaepernick’s silent protest and the movement that came after started a national debate. A lot of people said Kaepernick was just exercising his right to freedom of speech. Other people, including President Trump and eventually the NFL, said kneeling during the anthem was disrespectful. But Kaepernick hasn’t backed down and his protest follows a long history of black athletes making statements against injustice. In 1967, Mohammed Ali was stripped of his heavy weight title after refusing to serve in the Vietnam War. He said he didn’t want to go to war for a country that didn’t respect him. In 1968, Olympic sprinters John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists while wearing black gloves on the podium during the anthem to protest the treatment of black people in America. All of these people used their voices to shed light on an issue, and all of them inadvertently became the center of a heated debate. After the 2016 season, Kaepernick became a free agent. And to date he has not been signed by another team. Kaepernick became the face of Nike’s global ad campaign while still in a legal battle with the NFL. In honor of Black History Month, take a moment to remember everyone, everyone who has spoken up, or who’s kneeled down, even when it wasn’t popular.

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  1. People Forget that Black History is happening right here and now, every day, not just years ago in a history book. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  2. Nick one day meant to devorce his wife.. even before and after Hemingway wrote his novels and stories. Nick by poetry overtly and in narrative covertly and in daily speech whatsoever the ways constituted that he'll rip his wife into two.. Nick was a no-one.. Penelope was his and the multitudes' dream weaver.. Penelope had got married to another man and another WOMAN and Odysseus was no somebody.. Nick was with her wife Umbrella Stefie Astor.
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    Nick under the such conspiracy of his own one day did not even once say the name of his wife at home. Nick in varieties of moods always called her wife by name where possible.. getting home, leaving home, on phone calls, while singing with improvised lyrics and had commitment to this 'calling by name'.. but one day it that was that he never articulated his wife's name. Even Nick's brother who shared the same house thought Umbrella was totally in danger that night. Nick seemed both coming from the by-sun burning desert and rainy foggy Britain.. and Nevada desert resembled Cane Hurry The Might.. dusty, foggy, stormy.. Nick was no-one.. Odyssey was dream-weaved..
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    Nick that night slept. But Umbrella was torn apart. 't w's too stormy.. Umbrella was now nothing for the sun or the rain.. Umbrella's brother saw himself in dream nicknamed as "Whose is it that tear?". Torn'a-do passed him by in it.. tearing the ground.. bringing tears from the oceans.. strange a dream it was. And Nick was sleeping and awake in that dream though.. but never appeared!
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    Nick could not understand how he disapeared after sleep. He was no-one and nowhere but King of Pop somewhere was singin a song of liberty in total romance: Liberian Girl.
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    Nick vanished. Like some Van Beethoven wasn't that but. And was not like in or as a van at all. He found himself in front of two persons. The dream was so strange and so too alive.. one was in brown garment and the other in white.. in duo the two was asking his name and whether he remembers who he is like a chorus: Nick, what's 'ur naim and do you remember who yaw're?
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    Nick could not manage to wake up or deepen his sleep to bypass the course.. the thing was weird. Then Michael, then, unvisibly begun singing Leberian Girl as both like an anthem and a hymn. Nick then remembered Umbrella.. but Umbrella was an American Indian.. and the man in white was a mental doctor and the one in brown was the state prosecution attorney.
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    Nick.. Penelope.. Odyseus..
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    Beat It!..
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    Like a dead horse!..
    ..all the way round by..
    ..your guns and roses!
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    Dead Horse

    Guns N' Roses

    Sick of this life
    Not that you'd care
    I'm not the only one 
    With whom these feelings I share

    Nobody understands
    Quite why we're here
    We're searchin' for answers
    That never appear

    But maybe if I looked real hard I'd
    I'd see your tryin' too
    To understand this life
    That we're all goin' through
    (Then when she said she was gonna like wreck my car
    I didn't know what to do)

    Sometimes I feel like I'm beatin' a dead horse
    And I don't know why you'd be bringin' me down
    I'd like to think that our love's worth a tad more
    It may sound funny but you'd think by now
    I'd be smilin'
    I guess some things never change
    Never change

    I met an old cowboy
    I saw the look in his eyes
    Somethin' tells me he's been here before
    'Cause experience makes you wise
    I was only a small child
    When the thought first came to me
    That I'm a son of a gun and the gun of a son
    That brought back the devil in me

    But sometimes I feel like I'm beatin' a dead horse
    I don't know why you'd be bringin' me down
    I'd like to think that our love's worth a tad more
    It may sound funny but you'd think by now
    I'd be smilin'
    I guess some things never change
    Never change

    I ain't quite what you'd call an old soul
    Still wet behind the ears
    I been around this track a couple o' times
    But now the dust is startin' to clear
    Oh yeah

    Sometimes I feel like I'm beatin' a dead horse
    I don't know why you'd be bringin' me down
    I'd like to think that our love's worth a tad more
    It may sound funny but you'd think by now
    I'd be smilin'
    Ooh yeah, I'd be smilin'
    No way I'd be smilin'
    Ooh smilin'

    Sick of this life
    Not that you'd care
    I'm not the only one 
    With whom these feelings I share

    Songwriters: Saul Hudson / Izzy Stradlin / Duff Mc Kagan / Dareen A. Reed / Matt Sorum / W. Axl Rose

    Dead Horse lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group

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