It’s a match made in heaven, like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice: Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is offering his services to protesters in Minneapolis for their legal defense after the eruption of a massive outpouring of fury and frustration over the killing of George Floyd.
Ironically, social media has seen its share of memes since Floyd’s murder depicting the officer who killed him, Derek Chauvin, side by side with Kaepernick — the cop with his knee on the neck of a black man, and Kaepernick with his knee on the ground protesting exactly the kind of action you see Chauvin doing.
The contrast between the two images is as stark a comparison as I’ve ever seen. One example of such a post was from basketball legend LeBron James:
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But the former Super Bowl quarterback has never wavered in his commitment to the cause of eradicating police brutality, and so his announcement seemed as natural as when he used to fake the handoff and put 30 yards on the field all by himself.
It started with a tweet:
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
But then the Wall Street Journal reported that Kaepernick’s “Know Your Rights Camp” was creating a legal defense fund for people in Minneapolis protesting the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the now-formally-charged former police officer.
From the article:
The symbolism of Kaepernick taking a knee has been especially salient in the wake of Floyd’s death. Four Minneapolis police officers were fired after they apprehended Floyd, with one of them pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck until he appeared to pass out. A video of Floyd’s death drew national outrage amid a revitalized spotlight on the killing of unarmed black men, including the death in Georgia of Ahmaud Arbery.
Kaepernick has continued to call attention to these issues and started the Know Your Rights Camp, which hosts events around the country to educate young minorities about various topics and issues such as their rights during encounters with police officers.”
Let’s hope that Kaepernick’s show of solidarity with the Minneapolis protesters comes just when they need it most, a raised fist in defiance of the injustice that brought them to the streets to begin with. And let Colin’s example lead others to provide assistance in what ways they can as well — everyone who works here at Political Tribune contributed today to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, and we hope that you will find a way to send your support along to those being brutalized now for protesting exactly what’s now happening to them.
Rest in power, George.
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