Wednesday marked precisely three years since Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality, racial inequality, and systemic oppression.
“I proceed to work and stand with the folks in our battle for liberation, regardless of those that try to erase the motion,” he stated in a tweet marking the anniversary.
A day in a while Thursday, Kaepernick went on Instagram to pay tribute to his buddy and former teammate Eric Reid, who was the primary participant to hitch him within the protests.
“You by no means turned your again on me or the folks, even when the NFL tried to silence your voice & the motion,” Kaepernick wrote Thursday on his Instagram put up to Reid. “You’ve by no means flinched or wavered.”
Each Kaepernick and Reid settled a case with the NFL in February after they claimed they’d been stored out of the league attributable to their activism. Since they started protesting, Reid subsequently bought a spot with the Carolina Panthers, however Kaepernick stays unsigned.
However the timing of the Instagram put up devoted to Reid can be attention-grabbing given he’s emerged in current days as a outstanding critic of Jay-Z’s take care of the NFL to supply leisure for occasions and assist with the group’s Encourage Change initiative.
When the information of the partnership first broke Tuesday, Reid tweeted that the deal was “disingenuous,” as a result of whereas the group was making a take care of Jay-Z to purportedly handle a few of the points Kaepernick has been preventing for, they had been concurrently “blackballing Colin, the one who introduced oppression and social injustice to the forefront of the NFL platform.”
And on Thursday, Reid stated the enterprise would enable the NFL to “disguise behind his black face” with a view to take consideration away from the league’s ostracizing of Kaepernick.
On his Twitter timeline, Reid retweeted a collection of people that didn’t assist Jay-Z’s resolution.
Critics of Jay-Z’s appear to be baffled by his resolution to crew up with the NFL, however the rapper is defending his deal.
“I feel we’ve moved previous kneeling and I feel it’s time to enter actionable gadgets,” Jay-Z stated Wednesday at Roc Nation headquarters in New York whereas seated beside Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner.
The rapper clarified that he didn’t need folks to cease protesting, nevertheless.
“Kneeling — I do know we’re caught on it as a result of it’s an actual factor — however kneeling is a type of protest. I assist protest throughout the board. We have to carry mild to the problem. I feel everybody is aware of what the problem is — we’re finished with that,” he stated.
And although he stated he wasn’t attempting to attenuate the importance of this observe, he requested what the following steps can be.
“How are we going to cease it? As a result of the kneeling was not a few job, it was about injustice,” he stated.
However some critics on-line discovered Jay-Z’s perspective troubling.
“Jay-Z NEVER took a knee,” one particular person wrote. “He sacrificed NOTHING. In reality, he’s really capitalizing off of Kaepernick’s loss.”
Author Dave Schilling known as the Jay-Z deal “window dressing” for the NFL.
“Jay-Z is their company olive department,” Schilling wrote for NBC, “and he’s clearly more than pleased to money the verify — regardless of famously turning down the Tremendous Bowl halftime present years in the past.”
There have been conflicting studies about whether or not Jay-Z talked to Kaepernick in regards to the deal previous to it occurring, however in keeping with TMZ, it seems the rapper solely notified the footballer after the deal was finished as a heads up.
Kaepernick, whose representatives informed BuzzFeed Information he didn’t want to do interviews, has but to deal with Jay-Z publicly, however in the identical Instagram put up wherein he praised Reid, he thanked supporters for seeing him by this far.
“And to the folks — I see you, I hear you and I really like you!” he stated. “Thanks for having my again!!!”