Inequality & police cruelty against minorities
by B.Matthews on February 7, 2017 - 4:30pm
On September 9th, 2016, the Guardian published a story on, “Kaepernick’s anthem protest is the perfect way to highlight America’s race problems” written by Les Carpenter. On August 26th, Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers quarterback denied standing for the American National Anthem. This act raised a national dispute about ‘racial discrimination, police brutality and the significance of the American flag’. Les Carpenter states, Kaepernick’s sudden concern about racial discrimination; Carpenter compares Kaepernick to Muhammed Ali based on his denial to fight in the Vietnamese War. However, Kaepernick states his concerns about racial inequality and how he has always been affected by it. Following the game, a reporter from the NFL Network asked Kaepernick about not standing for the American Anthem. Kaepernick stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” This conflict has more to do with our society than football. Some fans were hurt, while others rushed to buy his jersey. People are standing by his side; Michael Eric Dyson a sociology professor at Georgetown University named his protest, “A thoughtful reflection on how best to highlight the plague of injustice, and the need, finally, to hold our nation accountable for Black Death in the streets”. Kaepernick is not alone in standing for the rights of minorities, in fact, team-mate Eric Reid, Brandon Marshall (Denver Bronco), Jeremy Lance (Seattle Seahawk) and Megan Rapinoe from Seattle Reign FC – National Women’s soccer league has joined Kaepernick in this fight to get rid of racial inequality. Carpenter exemplifies how Kaepernick chose the perfect platform to create tension between America’s problems with racial discrimination. No other professional league is subjugated by African American athletes; however, the American flag is becoming the issue that White people use against African Americans in the United States. Since the shooting of a young black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri; racial injustice and police brutality have been affecting the everyday lives of all minorities. Kaepernick’s stand to racism is just the start of something.
color:#333333">Being a Black Canadian teenage girl, I have experienced a lot of racism. Based on some of my personal experiences and Kaepernick’s gesture to stand for what is right shows how much I appreciate this article. Feeling targeted by the police and higher authorities are things that Black people hate. Growing up my parents always told me to stay away from trouble and the police because you never know when something bad is going to happen. Some may not understand why, but being Black we don’t live the easiest of lives (and neither does anyone else but,) constantly being targeted or put down by superior races.
color:#333333">Police brutality and racial inequality are issues that could potentially affect millions of African Americans and other minority races around the world. To help end the disagreement on police brutality, and racial inequality more people should join this ‘debate’ on helping out their fellow citizens.