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Tell The Truth, Roger! Why is Kaepernick Blackballed in the NFL?

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Roger Goodell has been called out again. Not one, but two reporters asked Goodell to tell the truth about why Colin Kaepernick was blackballed from the NFL franchise.

While addressing media ahead of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Roger was asked by two reporters why the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback had his career drastically cut short. Despite the seriousness and complexity of the questions, Roger came back with superficial, well rehearsed responses.

The Kaepernick Effect

The first reporter to attempted to center Colin Kaepernick’s battle for recognition and employment within the NFL by asking Goodell the following:

“When you think about the stain on the NFL shield, which is reflected by artists not wanting to associate with the NFL, the halftime show, and things of that nature. What can you do to reverse that sentiment?”

Roger Goodell kept his response about the entertainment. He noted the franchise, wholly, was “pleased with the diversity, quality, and excitement surrounding our entertainers”. Entertainers? People can’t even name all the members of Maroon 5.

Refusing to comment explicitly on Kaepernick at the time, the inquiring reporter nudged Goodell again.

Can you please acknowledge that there is a segment of people that don't want to be associated because of the Kaepernick situation? Click To Tweet

Recognizing the journalist by name and visibly uncomfortable, Goodell answered.

“Jared, just to be clear for something — We have close to 200 million fans, as I’ve talked to you before. We know that there are segments that are going to have different reactions to different things that go on in our league. Ultimately, I think people respect and admire the things we do and want to be part of it.”

Friendly reminder: You can abuse women and still play in the NFL, but you better not take a knee #ImWithKap Click To Tweet

Clown for a King

Roger Goodell has served as the NFL commissioner since 2006. He stood by silently during Spygate and Deflategate as the Patriots used disingenuous practices to reach victory. When evidence surrounding the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) surfaced, he worked quickly to pay off injured players with long-term damage. Now, during his tenure, he has been asked how history might reflect on the league knowing they stand, yet again, on the wrong side.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports asked Roger Goodell a question that further defines the lack of leadership and reason within the league.

“As you noted at the beginning of your comments, we are here in Atlanta, one of the hallmark cities of the civil rights movements where so many Americans, at various points in time, stood up for what they believe in. There’s a segment of this society, now, that believes Colin Kaepernick took some similar actions and we are now 2 years, I guess, removed from him being in the NFL.”

Are you comfortable, collectively, with how the league has responded to that and do you have any concerns how history might look upon them? Click To Tweet

The Opposite of Progress is…

Centered in one of the many hubs of the civil rights movement, rooted in the spirit of protest, the NFL is hosting its most notable event. The NFL is simultaneously preventing progress by refusing to allow the racial injustices experienced by the largest racial demographic of the organization’s players to be discussed via silent, peaceful protest. In response to such a poignant question, Goodell had this to say:

“Our clubs are the ones that make decisions on players that they wanna have on their roster. They make that individually. They make that in the best interests of their team and that’s something that we, as the NFL, take pride in. Individual clubs make decisions that maybe another club won’t do, and they all want to win. They’re all going to do whatever it takes to win. From our standpoint, that’s our focus and that’s going to continue to be our focus.”

I guess the desire to win is why each team in the NFL organization voted unanimously that national anthem protests are grounds for punishment.

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#MyWhitePrivilege Spotlights Further Racial Disparities

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#MyWhitePrivilege

Employing the hashtag #MyWhitePrivilege, Twitter users have shed light on the various ways they’ve survived interactions that frequently claim the lives of Black or brown people.

Everyone knows that the justice system unfairly prosecutes Black and brown people at a rate far harsher than their white counterparts. But the extent to which white people avoid experiencing the treatment people of color face in America is vast. One user described their experience growing up in a small town with no Black population:

“Growing up in a small town with no Black folks meant that the poor were often scapegoated. Anytime something happened or went missing, the cops were at our house looking for my brother. We survived all of those interactions though.”

As unsurprising as their experience was, they continued with details that truly highlight disparity in racial treatment with regard to the prison industrial complex. Not only did their brother evade prison, they received rehabilitation, therapy to deal with their traumas, and suffered no loss of education or employment opportunities. Throughout the thread of tweets, other users shared similar experiences with the law where despite their behavior or knowledge of their criminal history, they avoided punishment.

As Black Twitter users read the replies, some were struck with awe and others reflected on the struggles they faced. Many lamented over the difficult conversations they prepared to have with their children. The nearly 20K replies contain experiences with law enforcement through local authorities, TSA, Immigration officers, and even school police.

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Not On Our Watch! Howard Uni President Bans Campus Colonizers

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As a response to student reports of unauthorized use of The Yard, Howard University President, Wayne A.I. Frederick has released a statement demanding pet owners respect the campus.

An email sent to Howard University staff and students notified them of the President’s decision to mark the private institution’s grounds off limits. Calling the quad a “treasured site”, Frederick affirmed the community’s desire to keep the area “pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents.” Acknowledging the history of residents’ visitation to the campus, Frederick referenced the community relationship before making a formal decision.

“At the beginning of my presidency we held regular meetings that included students, faculty and members of the Advisory Neighborhood Committees to cultivate a town and gown relationship. I recently reached out to our local ANC and Councilwoman to engage in a dialogue. We recognize that service animals are a necessary aspect of modern-day life and we will accommodate them as needed. We appreciate pet owners respecting out campus by not bringing pets onto the private areas.”

Last week, reports of residents from gentrified surrounding areas mistreating the northwest Washington D.C. school made waves on social media. Insensitive comments regarding who was privileged to access the campus sparked public outrage among those who wanted to protect Howard’s 152-year legacy.

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Keep Walking, Colonizer! Howard University Students Say Neighbors are Disrespecting The Yard

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White people’s sense of entitlement knows no bounds and has now extended to the campus of famed HBCU, Howard University. The 152-year-old private educational institution located in D.C. has been misused by residents who believe The Yard should be accessible to them as a dog park or outdoor gym.

Students of Howard University have taken offense to colonizers and gentrifiers in northwest Washington D.C in recent years. As wealthy, White residents continue to flood areas surrounding the university, they take liberties they have neither earned nor deserve on the school grounds. Students say they “find it very disrespectful” and have noted a marked increase of such behavior throughout their attendance.

Where students would have seen one or two out-of-place dog walkers on campus in a week, they see two each day. Graduating senior, Briana Littlejohn, spoke with The DCist, about the residents’ use of the campus, stating, “You know this is a university. You know this is a historically Black university. And you feel so entitled that you’re just going to walk your dog there?” Many other attendees feel the same, but their outrage has recently been met with unreasonable alternatives by residents.

Speaking with Fox 5 correspondent, Tisha Lewis, Sean Grubbs-Robishaw who lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood said the following:

“So, they’re in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C. If they don’t want to be within D.C., then they can move the campus. I think we just need to work together and I don’t think it should be a he or there or here…It’s our community and that’s how it should be.”

Sean Grubbs-Robishaw,

Grubbs-Robishaw admits to using the grounds as a shortcut to get to the McMillan Reservoir, a popular spot for walking/running. But his argument conveniently glosses over the fact that Howard University is a private institution while also disregarding its status as a historically Black university.

The campus has been mistreated by those new to the area as a location for picnics and other abuses. The university has yet to directly state that such activities are prohibited by residents, Alonda Thomas, a spokesperson, has said there is no policy prohibiting dogs and that the campus is “open”, meaning anyone has access to it.

Do you think the disrespect that Howard University campus is receiving is related in any way to the #DontMuteDC protest? Do you think the campus should be closed to the public?

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