Colin Kaepernick Calls Out Hypocrisy In NFL’s Racial Justice ‘Propaganda’

Written by on September 13, 2020

Colin Kaepernick, who’s been unsigned by the NFL for years after protesting racial injustice on the sector, known as out the league Sunday for hypocrisy in showing to champion Black lives whereas nonetheless not signing a participant who kneeled with him.

The activist and ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback used the opening weekend of professional video games to say that the NFL participates in what he considers performative activism for racial justice, provided that security Eric Reid stays unsigned.

Reid is an NFL free agent who proudly joined then-teammate and longtime pal Kaepernick within the 2016 protest that received the quarterback stonewalled from enjoying within the league, which has a protracted, troubled historical past confronting racism.

“Whereas the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they’re nonetheless actively blackballing Eric Reid … for preventing for the Black neighborhood,” Kaepernick tweeted. “Eric set 2 franchise information final 12 months, and is without doubt one of the greatest defensive gamers within the league.”

Staring in 2013, Reid performed 5 seasons with the 49ers. He signed as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers and performed for that workforce within the 2018 and ’19 seasons

The NFL didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.

Reid was the primary participant to affix Kaepernick’s protest towards racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem 4 years in the past throughout a preseason sport. Kaepernick’s determination to kneel ― knowledgeable by discussions with a army veteran ― led to a wave of peaceable protests by athletes for Black lives and a social motion throughout the sports activities world.

Conservative politicians — together with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump ― reacted angrily to Kaepernick and Reid’s silent protest, wrongly arguing that the gamers had been protesting the U.S. flag, the nationwide anthem and the army. Some followers had been turned off by the protests, and as president, Trump has continued to deride the motion amongst athletes.

Kaepernick has been unable to get a job within the NFL since 2017 despite the fact that he led San Francisco to the Tremendous Bowl within the 2012 season and his convention’s title sport the next 12 months.

Reid was let go by the 49ers after the 2017 season and was not initially signed by another workforce. He joined Kaepernick in submitting a grievance arguing that the NFL and its house owners colluded to forestall their employment due to their protest. The 2 gamers ultimately settled with the league in February 2019.

The Panthers signed Reid just a few video games into the 2018 season, and he was vocal in regards to the help he obtained from the workforce’s proprietor, David Tepper, and former coach Ron Rivera. Reid made certain to proceed peacefully protesting on the sector lengthy after Kaepernick performed his final NFL sport.

However below Carolina’s new coach, Matt Rhule, the workforce has purged veterans with massive contracts comparable to Reid’s. The workforce launched Reid in March after he had signed a three-year, $22 million contract extension with the workforce the earlier offseason. He has remained an unsigned free agent because the launch.

“My brokers have been in communications with groups each day, however there have been no developments,” Reid instructed Deadspin.

Kaepernick’s feedback got here on the identical day most NFL groups opened their seasons in empty stadiums with participant protests that mirrored what received the quarterback blackballed within the first place ― kneeling, locking arms, elevating fists or staying off the sector throughout the nationwide anthem.

Final Thursday, some attendees on the league’s opening sport between the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and the Houston Texans booed as gamers on each groups linked arms on the sector in a gesture of unity as seven statements towards racism appeared on the scoreboards.

The league now additionally follows the nationwide anthem with “Carry Each Voice and Sing,” generally generally known as the Black nationwide anthem. In July, The Related Press reported that the NFL will permit gamers to have decals on the again of their helmets bearing the names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence.

The NFL’s so-called social awakening follows nationwide protests over police brutality and systemic oppression of Black individuals within the U.S., sparked initially by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Reid known as out a number of soccer groups’ tweets in regards to the Black Lives Matter motion a number of months in the past by reminding them of Kaepernick’s unsigned standing.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who refused to help Kaepernick’s protests, posted a video in June conceding that the league ought to have listened to the participant and was late in acknowledging systemic racism. Earlier this month, EA Sports activities introduced that it added Kaepernick to the 2021 version of its “Madden” online game sequence, the primary time he’ll seem within the sport since 2016.

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