NYPD officers rally support for Colin Kaepernick

Geneva Matthews
August 25, 2017

A former second-round draft pick, Kaepernick touched off a national debate last fall when he refused to stand for the National Anthem before several games to protest social injustice in the United States.

Kaepernick's unemployment has now become a focus for activists who insist that the only reason he has not been signed this year is because the National Football League is "racist". "I wish somebody would open up and give him a chance to do his thing".

"Ask Verizon ... are you going to stand with Kaepernick?"

Baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron says he believes Kaepernick is "getting a raw deal".

Some speakers said the league's treatment of Kaepernick is of a piece with a cavalier attitude toward players' health.

Over the weekend, almost 100 New York City Police Department officers rallied to show solidarity with Kaepernick, the most notable action police have taken to acknowledge his fight against police violence and racial injustice.

One of the most influential Muslim activists in the USA and a co-organizer of the massive Women's March in January, Linda Sarsour said: "We stand with Kaepernick".

One white player who joined the protest, Seth DeValve, told the AFP news agency he had made a decision to take part after the clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville.

He pointed out that National Football League players have a huge platform and the ability to "legitimately voice" their complaints on any radio or television show or in any newspaper or magazine. The New York Times reported that various groups rallied in support of Kaepernick. "I don't think anyone can do the things he can do".

"We gave him the option, 'You can opt out, we can release you, whatever.' And he chose to opt out, but that was just a formality", Lynch said. We know, when we see them kneel, they kneel for Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland! Trump also said he believes Black Lives Matter has instigated the killings of police officers, calling the movement a "threat" and accusing the group of "essentially calling death to the police". Damore has become a cause célèbre of the hard right over free speech and his claims that the underrepresentation of women in Silicon Valley is linked to inherent biological differences rather than gender discrimination.

Everybody seems to have an opinion about Colin Kaepernick.

Many people have spoken out against Kaepernick's actions - saying he's shifted attention away from the issue of police brutality and instead placed it on himself. "He hasn't done anything violent, he's just making a statement that a free American can make, and he's paying the price for it".

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