Colin Kaepernick is being black balled. Let’s ride for him.
Multiple reports confirm that NFL owners, many of whom were major contributors to Trump’s inauguration,1 are refusing to even talk to the same quarterback who led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance in almost 20 years.
The Baltimore Ravens have publicly said that Ravens’ fans are overwhelmingly opposed to giving Kaepernick a chance. Despite that, it was reported this weekend that the team has been in discussions with the quarterback and are seriously considering him for their team.2 And with the Ravens’ first string quarterback injured, Kaepernick is one of the best quarterbacks currently on the market.
But the window of opportunity is short with the season right around the corner.
Prove the Ravens ownership wrong- call their office now at (912) 501-3917 and tell them you support Kaepernick!
For months, the NFL and their paid shills have trotted out the narrative that the NFL’s declining ratings are due to Kaepernick’s ongoing protest. Just this past week, ESPN furthered a super shady interpretation of a survey that owners have used to argue that national anthem protests have driven down viewership. Upon more than a passing glance, it is obvious the survey, which was already built on a small sample size of 9,200 viewers, actually showed that while 287 people claimed they tuned out because of national anthem protests, 2,484 people who took the survey said they watched more football last year.3 So why are outlets like ESPN continuing to blast headlines proclaiming that protests, not..let’s say…growing discomfort with the NFL’s poor handling of brain injuries and domestic violence, are the cause for their lower ratings? But then again, ESPN is the same outlet that pulled its name and logo from a groundbreaking documentary about how the NFL mishandled the concussion crisis among its players because they were afraid of blowback from the league.4
Let’s be honest here, Kaepernick is not being given a fair shake because he had the audacity to suggest that police officers should try harder not to kill Black people. Kaepernick influenced athletes across a variety sports from elementary school to the professional leagues to engage in a public act of political dissent, continuing a national dialogue about race and policing in our country. For those in power, that kind of influence is dangerous and we’ve all seen what happens when women and people of color boldly tread where others fear to go.
If you continue to #kneelwithKaepernick, will you take two minutes to call the Ravens front office at (912) 501-3917 and tell them don’t punish free speech- give Kaep a fair chance?
Our country is the middle of a new, 21st century Civil Rights Movement, with a president standing on the backs of avowed white nationalists- and the stakes couldn’t be higher for us and for the future of our children. It is no small thing that Kaepernick, spoke out and used his body to express the desire to see a long overdue national dialogue on justice, dignity, and accountability in our country. And it is frankly alarming that instead of welcoming that dialogue, NFL owners insist on banding together to chill free speech and send a message that speaking out against government sanctioned violence is a career killer. When you factor in that the 70% of NFL players are Black and yet the NFL has no Black people who are a majority owner of a team and no Black CEOs or Presidents, this is even more disquieting.
Despite that, these athletes- including Adam Jones, arguably the most popular baseball player currently on the Baltimore Orioles- continue to put themselves in harm’s way by doing this.
History continues to teach us that their courage likely comes at risk of financial and professional repercussions, public ostracism, and numerous death threats to them and their loved ones. We’ve said it before and we say it again: When those that have a public platform, use that platform to speak truth to power, we need to have their backs.
Your voice is missing- call the Ravens front office at (912) 501-3917 today.
Until Justice and the Right to Protest Are Real,
Rashad, Arisha, Brandi, Anika, Evan, Jade, Corina, and the rest of the Color Of Change Team
Introduce yourself and explain the issue:
When they answer you can read from the script below, or use your own words. Be polite and calm. While we might be angry, we need to send a consistent message that can’t be twisted to discredit us.
Here’s what to say when they answer:
- Hi, I’m a member of Color Of Change calling to support Colin Kaepernick being signed by the Baltimore Ravens.
- Colin Kaepernick should not be punished for his refusal to stand during the national anthem in an unapologetic statement challenging police violence and systemic racism against Black people. He is the athlete-activist we need in the Trump-era.
- It is alarming that instead of welcoming that dialogue, NFL owners insist on banding together to chill free speech and send a message that speaking out against government sanctioned violence is a career killer.
- I support Colin Kaepernick’s stance against police violence AND Kaepernick is valuable to any NFL franchise on and off the field.
A couple of tips to keep in mind:
- Be polite and calm. While we might be angry, we need to send a consistent message that can’t be twisted to discredit us.
- Stick to the message provided, but feel free to express it in your own words.
- Read the script once or twice before calling, and even practice saying it aloud if you like.