Colin Kaepernick has had himself one helluva year. Last season he kneeled during the National Anthem to bring attention to the killings of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Ralph Baker’s Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead highlighted the folly of mass incarceration and the police state we have created in America. However, the NFL afforded Kaerpernick a much bigger stage. His silent protest caught America’s … the entire world’s attention and the world can no longer look away from America’s lies over equality and justice for all. Now Kaepernick has been awarded GQ’s Citizen of the Year:
Kaepernick’s silent protest has caught on like wildfire around the league. While players were reticent to follow is lead, Kaepernick has given the entire league the courage to stand up for what is right. Protests have created fault lines between players, owners, the media and even the president. President Trump called for owners to fire “sons of bitch players” who don’t stand for the flag. When tax-dodging, patent-dodging Allergan is the topic? *Crickets* The NFL’s wilful ignorance of what’s really happening in their communities have turned off a lot of fans. Ratings are down; attendance is down and eventually ESPN and other networks will have to cut bids for future TV contracts.
The fact that Kaepenick is no longer in the league has gotten silly. Peep this … from pee wee leagues to high school to college Kaepernick ran the sprints, completed the drills, withstood two-a-days, and took the hits. No man who has not gone through that process has the right to take away Kaepernick’s ability to compete and make money. NFL owners have now learned that making a martyr of him is not good for the brand or the bottom line.
On Trump And The Global Economy
The GQ cover has also afforded Colin the opportunity to sit on the panel for Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall to be held early next year. Colin hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org. The second installment of Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead.
The event was well-received by the community. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership vis-a-vis Obama? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?