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When Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the national anthem back in August (2016), this powerful action sparked a national conversation.
As reported by the NFL at Levi’s Stadium (08/28/16), this definitely drew a lot of attention to the player. In an exclusive interview with NFL Media after the game, he explained why he did not stand: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
He received an outpour of support from people across the nation, including Barack Obama, celebrities and athletes. Serena Williams even wrote an emotional letter about why she will not remain silent about police violence.
Kaepernick is dedicated to keeping up the movement’s momentum and hosted an event for youth in the Bay Area — a camp called “I Know My Rights.”
According to the Daily News, he secretly planned the event to avoid gaining media attention and leading the kids and families to believe that he did it for the press.
“I didn’t just want to hire someone to come in and do this. We did all of this ourselves. We even opted out of corporate sponsors because we just wanted the freedom to say exactly what we thought the kids we’ve brought here today need to hear and learn. I told myself that if I was going to do this type of work, that I was going to actually do it myself,” he said.
The event was inspired by the Black Panther party, to celebrate their 50th anniversary, and was focused on 10 points that were listed on the campers’ t-shirt.
The points included:
1. You have the right to be free.
2. You have the right to be healthy.
3. You have the right to be brilliant.
4. You have the right to be safe.
5. You have the right be loved.
6. You have the right to be courageous.
7. You have the right to be alive.
8. You have the right to be trusted.
9. You have the right to be educated.
10. You have the right to know your rights.
The event covered a variety of topics and included workshops that were about life skills and mental health.
Kaepernick told the kids:
“We want to teach you today about financial literacy, how you can pursue higher education, how you can be physically fit and healthy. We will talk about police brutality, and what to do about it, but we also have lawyers, professors, health and fitness experts, because we want you to be able to live the life of your dreams.” Colin Kaepernick, NY Daily News