While accepting the American Civil Liberties Unions Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award this weekend, Colin Kaepernick spoke loudly and clearly, saying, We must confront systemic oppression as a doctor would a disease. You identify it, you call it out, you treat it, and you defeat it.
The ACLU was honoring Kaepernick’s confrontation of systemic oppression and sacrificing his NFL career in the process. His simple act of taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem has drawn international attention to oppression in America, and created a domino effect that continues to ripple across the sports and societal landscape.
Kaepernick received the Courageous Advocate Award at the ACLU Southern California dinner on December 3, 2017. http://www.unstrippedvoice.com ————— Follow our social media: Facebook: http://facebook.com/unstrippedvoice Twitter: http://twitter.com/unstrippedvoice Disclaimer: This video has been used for educational purposes in accordance with section 107 of US Copyright Law.
Kaepernick said that by taking a knee, and losing his job in the process, he was merely carrying out his responsibilities.
We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised, the former 49ers quarterback said. In the words of Frederick Douglass, if there is no struggle, there is no progress.