On September 3rd, around noon, the internet exploded when Colin Kaepernick Tweeted this post:
The former running back for the San Francisco 49ers has been in the middle of some pretty hot debates since the first signs of his silent protest began to surface in the beginning of August, 2016.
Two days after the game where his silent protest was first noticed, he met with media and gained national attention. He elaborated on why he was acting to give a voice to those who didn't have one.
"I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there's significant change and I feel that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
Even in the early stages of his protest(s), Kap began to see others joining him. Even if they were on the opposing team, they were not opposite in their support for this movement.
Athletes who joined Kap in his silent protest are:
All of these players decided to stand in solidarity with Kap during the National Anthem to show their support for his protest within the first month alone. Why is it that none of these other athletes are receiving any backlash at all?
Kap's protest became so popular that entire High School football teams and staff began to kneel during the National Anthem.
Over the course of the next year we continue to see NFL players, cheerleaders, college sports teams and even singers performing the National Anthem before NBA games kneel in support and solidarity.
When the media fell off the bandwagon, the people did too.
7 months after his first expression of exercising his 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly and Petition Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the NFL and San Francisco 49ers to become a free agent.
Since March of 2017, Colin Kaepernick has remained a free agent and also stayed out of the limelight. During this time he filed a grievance against the NFL and it's owners, accusing them of collusion.
Let's Fast Forward To Now.
Ah, here we are. It's September of 2018. Everyone is getting excited for Fall, pumpkin spice everything is finally back and... OH MY GOD... NIKE OFFERED KAEPERNICK A MULTIYEAR DEAL FOR THEIR "JUST DO IT" CAMPAIGN?!
The slogan “Just Do It” was coined in 1988 at an advertising meeting. It was inspired by Gary Gilmore’s last words “Let’s Do It”. If you don’t know, Gary Gilmore vs an American criminal who gained international attention for demanding the implementation of his death sentence for two murders he committed in Utah. At the time, he became the first person in almost 10 years to be executed in the US. He was tired of waiting for other people to make something happen in his life, so he did something about it. Even if it meant that he would die sooner.
In the years that followed the birth of the “Just Do It” slogan, Nike increased its share of the sport-shoe business in North America alone from 10% to 43%. To put this into perspective, this is an increase from $877 million to $9.2 billion in 10 short years. This success came from a slogan inspired by a murderer but because of how it was marketed and advertised, became something so universal in no time at all.
"This isn't about Support of a Cause....
Source: Someone on Facebook who is trying so, so hard. Bless their soul.
"Who the fuck gave this guy a platform?"
Source: Someone else on Facebook who loves bandwagons instead of learning about a subject and educating themselves.
Here is my most favorite quote on the subject. From the pussy grabbing, Mr. MAGA himself. Our President of the United States:
“I think it’s a terrible message. Nike is a tenant of mine. They pay a lot of rent. But I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” President Trump told The Daily Caller. “But I think as far as sending a message, I think it’s a terrible message and a message that shouldn’t be sent. There’s no reason for it.
Source: The Daily Caller
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WENT ON RECORD AND LITERALLY SAID HE IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF SOMEONE EXERCISING THEIR AMENDMENT RIGHTS.
In addition to this darling statement, Mr. MAGA has gone on record to call anyone who protests in this way "unpatriotic" and "a disgrace to our Military and Veterans".
I'm just going to throw out some numbers here for y'all.
Is it really that hard to see past your White Male Privilege that you really cannot understand why this statement makes no sense?
Before anyone assumes anything else, I first want to thank our Military for their service. By no means am I discrediting their hard work and dedication.
What I am discrediting is everything Trump says about a peaceful protest against racial injustice being a disgrace to the Military personnel & Veterans and speaking on their behalf when 1) They serve to fight for and protect our Freedom to protest in this manner 2) He's never, ever, ever, not one time served in the Military.
I think I'm ready to be abducted by the aliens now.
Nike as a company has consistently stood by their word and has declared their own protests against actions that were unlawful and unjust.
There are 7 athletes who were once signed by Nike but lost their endorsements due to their words and/or actions.
In all of these cases Nike believed in the individuality of each athlete, their purpose, and their success. It was not until the athlete in question broke the law that Nike severed their partnership.
While Nike sponsors athletes who take part in a wide variety of sports games and events, one thing they do not play games with is their reputation.
"I boycotted Nike because they exploited children in a country where the people had no voice."
Source: Another beautiful bandwagon Facebook status.
Once upon a time I worked for Nike
Guess what! This is, yet another, topic that is a bandwagon basher's wet dream that I get to crush.
As a whole, Nike, Inc. has 542 independent factories across 42 countries that provide 1,023,020 jobs in total. They even offer a tool that will provide you with specific details of each factory located in each country like the average age of employees, the percentage of employees that are female, the percentage of employees who are migrant workers, and what type of products are produced in this specific location.
It truly baffles me that there are so many people in the world who are SO against the idea of a company supporting an African American individual in their fight against racial injustice that they will literally destroy their clothing already purchased from Nike which Nike already received profit for.
Meanwhile, the official poverty rate (As of 2016) was 12.7% of our country. That means that just over 37,144,530 individual human beings are living in poverty each day with no clothes, food, job, and for many, no home who could really benefit from these items that are being burned, chopped, torn, melted, or just plain thrown away.
If Trump really wanted to Make America Great Again he would PROVIDE ALL HUMAN BEINGS WITH EQUAL RIGHTS SO WE DON'T END UP IN SITUATIONS WHERE PEACEFUL PROTESTS HAVE TO HAPPEN TO INITIATE CHANGE.
YOU CAN CALL ME DANISH
Writing about my life and experiences as a white, transgender, queer male.