5 Things We Learn From Colin Kaepernick
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick, a 29-year old NFL player, began kneeling during the singing of the national anthem. as a sign of protest against the violence that was being perpetrated against black youth.
Statistics reveal, “Young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police officers in 2015, according to the findings of a Guardian study that recorded a final tally of 1,134 deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers this year.” (theGuardian.com)
The Atlanta Black Star reported, “According to the most recent FBI reports, from 2005 to 2012, a white police officer killed a Black person nearly twice a week. That’s about the same number of Black people lynched on a weekly basis during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”
Kaepernick decided to use kneel to make a statement against injustice. As a result, he was booed, ostracized, criticized and ultimately black-listed. Note, he was on the side of truth, but suffered severe consequences—to the point of unemployment.
In the self-absorbed climate of 21st century society, seldom do we see people stand against anything if it means personal challenge or harm. However, this young man’s actions issue a clarion call and challenge to all! We must take a stand—or a knee—and become champions for righteousness and critics of injustice.
Here are the five lessons we can learn from brother K:
- Your position is purposeful and powerful. In fact, you are more powerful than you think, so stop thinking small! People are watching you! Even a small gesture can have big impact!
- Your consistency establishes your reputation. So, don’t quit, even when things get difficult. Anything worth having is worth fighting for.
- Your integrity will attract respect. Being a person of integrity often involves suffering, which isn’t fun or popular. Integrity my not always be celebrated, but in the end, standing (or kneeling) for “something” will keep you from falling for “anything. Others will respect you and more importantly, you’ll respect yourself.
- Your courage to stand for the righteousness will cost you; but in the long run, you’ll gain more than you lose! Two things are sure to happen when you stand for righteousness. 1st – people will attack you; 2nd – in the end you’ll win big. This man is just 29! And he’s not “that” black (LOL!)– if he didn’t have a big afro, many wouldn’t even know he was black!
He was verbally attacked by President Trump and by others he didn’t even know; they twisted the reason for his protest – saying it was about disrespecting the flag –instead of the real deal. Racist police brutality run amuck!
The enemy loves to twist the positive into the perverted!! Remember Dr. King and Muhammad Ali –people forget that when they were protesting, they were hated!! Now…they are heroes! In the end…righteousness wins!
I know Brother K is suffering now, but immeasurable blessings are on the WAY! The BEST is yet to come for Colin! (BTW…we all need to cover him in prayer)
- You are one knee (or one dynamic decision) away from your breakthrough! Colin Kaepernick may never be remembered for his football stats; but the world has stopped to take notice. He is now a hero for justice!
Brother K showed us how to be daring! Will you dare to be different? Will you dare to speak the truth? Will you dare to stand for righteousness? Will you dare to have the courage to speak out (or kneel down) against injustice?
Remember, one knee…one person…YOU… can make a difference!!