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Ferrelux Blog Quote: Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere ~||~ We Dare To Defend Our Rights
It was a disaster for the NFL, not him. So here’s what happened since we last left off with Kap. While the NFL tries to repair its image back to the heydays by getting 2 top Hispanic Singers, Shakira & J.Lo to sign on as performers despite other top performers who’re mainly Black refusing to because of the whole ‘side with Kap’ thing, to attempt to resolve it, they reach out to Colin Kaepernick. The NFL wanted the Workout to be held in a controlled environment of their choosing where the media will learn what they chose to disclose, but being a Conscious Brother, Kap wanted the venue to be more public so the people can see what’s going on. They should have never reached out to him! If there are still some grievances, that was a mistake. It wasn’t negotiated properly. I’m with Kap. After hearing the shit, he was right. At first, listening to the news account, the real info didn’t get out right why it sounded like Kap was a no show until the cameras got on him to explain what happened. It was a set up! A Black Idiot ESPN Commentator, Stephen Smith, always had something negative to say about Kaepernick, and he jumped on it the day before the Workout saying to Kap through the camera & pointing his finger, “You better show up.” Well he did, but the event created more problems than solutions. Had they just left Kap alone, it would have been better. What’s really going on here is that they don’t want him back. It’s like Fuck You Kap, you first took a knee on August 14th 2016, then got others to take it with you & ruined our brand, you sued, we paid you, now move the fuck on, get lost, go play with another league, but the public agrees with you that you should have your job back with us since we’re a GIANT football league here in the United States, having not worked in 3 years & you want to play ball. And he proved he was still fit & ready to play at the Workout. To be fair here, this whole conflict could have been avoided from the very beginning had some legally thinking person, left him the fuck alone. You see him there taking the knee refusing to recite the National anthem, just make a quick positive press remark about it and play ball. The NFL later on letting their blood boil, creating a big stink around it due to mounting political pressure from Trump, caused it to escalate to a valid movement. Ignore his Black Ass, get your press people on a side note to articulate some encouraging social change argument to explain his protest on YOUR football field and protect your brand. Nobody would have cared much had they kept everything else about the game, merchandise, & the half-time show. And stop focusing the cameras on him too much, it’s fodder for a trouble-making press person. The problem would have went away with the right grace & tactic. Is the NFL responsible for police brutality? No, but Kap used their platform to make a point. Was that fair to them? No, but it happened. So now we’re here. Their response could have been better. Addressing the issue in a sensitive manner since a lot of their players, about 90% are Black, would have been smart. A carefully worded ad playing on the airwaves supporting the political consciousness of your players would have softened any Right-Wing aggression coming against it to understand, though the games are meant to bring people together, we should strive to continue to repair the problems that divide us. The NFL missed an opportunity to be a proponent for change, when back in the 1980s ya’ll would have dealt with the topic wiser like the WWF, (now the WWE) & G.L.O.W (the original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling). They had all kinds of diverse wrestlers & were smart to recognize their power in presenting forward thinking THEN on socio-political topics. If you couldn’t do that, then simply funding certain philanthropic projects in poor communities to help improve their daily lives would have been looked on as heartwarming since many of your players came out of there. But instead, after a number of days, the leaders of the NFL decided to attack Kap. Oh shut him up, remove him and let’s play ball, and life will carry on as usual, but a topic like Police Brutality can’t be removed from the table like that. You have a bunch of ‘Niggers’ playing ball for your league earning trillions of dollars for you and you can’t just dismiss their right to take a stand on a relevant topic. There was ample time for somebody to have delicately handle issues like that. I agree it shouldn’t be the elephant in the room when you take your family out to have a good time, but Kap was the player it emotionally affected the most to take a knee and NOT salute the flag, and no one in the administrative level was apparently equipped to discuss a proper method in dealing with it. Most problems can be diffused with the right person managing it. The NFL thought that person was Jay-Z but he drew criticism for some remarks that it’s time Kap move on from taking a knee and NOW some people are blaming Jay-Z for pushing the whole Workout event hoping it would turn out well, but simply offering him his rightful place back into the NFL would have wiser. So the ball is still in Kaepernick’s court. The NFL has not made any new motion towards Kaepernick since then. We’ll see if the Superbowl does well this year with the performances, since its last great success was with Lady Gaga before the Kaepernick controversy, and if ever their struggle with him gets resolved the right way. Anyway, you can enjoy more of Colin Kaepernick since the Workout incident now that sports gear giant NIKE released a new sneaker in honor of him.
L H I S A,
Ferrelux Blog Quote: Genua Obstrepentes Quia Nigrum Certamen (I Kneel In Protest For The Black Struggle)
You know the name and the controversy. I knew not jumping on this particular story on the onset of his movement, would yield more for me to cover after we’ve seen the shit play out over the airwaves from last year till now. Who is this Hispanic-looking Brother with an Irish name? Colin Kaepernick is the bi-racial child of a blond-haired blue-eyed Mother & African-American Father and he’s a football athlete who plays for the San Francisco 49ers. With the on-going police brutality against “Black” Men & Women everywhere in America, him taking it upon himself making a striking political statement at NFL games by taking a knee during the singing of the American anthem, is in the praise-worthy spirit of deceased Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This move drew angry criticism from a segment of the population that were “White” (racist or not) who didn’t think the NFL was the right platform to protest urban bigotry & that it showed disrespect to the flag and The Nation. Well…. Other attacks on the issue has been done before by Newscasters, Youtubers, The Common Person on the street, etc. Kaepernick is the only Football Player to put a spotlight on the problem by using the Sports Industry. The only other pivotal moment in history was the 1968 Olympics when 1st & 3rd place medalists, (Tommie Smith, Gold & John Carlos, Bronze) dark-skinned track & field athletes playing for the United States, went on the Olympic stand proudly wearing there medals, through up the Black Power fist during the American anthem for the World to see protesting in the struggle for the same racist persecutions going on at the time in America where The Black Panthers took a political stand opposing the Governments treatment of us. Admidst those medalists was the solitary 2nd place winner from Australia, Silver-Medalist, Peter Norman. People don’t know much of him, since he’s not the primary focus in that iconic photo, but he too as a “White Man” was involved in the protest in his humble way, because he decided to wear the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge in support which was contoversial, and ofcourse even though he was already a medalist, Australia didn’t use him again because of it for the next Olympics, but he’s also noted in history for taken that stand at the time. America punished the 2 Black athletes too expelling them from the team. The 3 athletes kept in touch with each other in life re-creating the historic pose as old men. Australia later repented declaring a Peter Norman day. When he died, the 2 surviving Black athletes carried his coffin. Why the protest at the time? THEY had to, and Kaepernick had to, the police brutality, etc. When you’re “BLACK” and you’re living it everyday, something is wrong if you’re not protesting in some way. Yes, the move drew anger from President Trump and Kap got fired. He filed a lawsuit against the NFL because after all, it IS his Constitutional right to make an expression like that. The suit yielded some pay, but not to great satisfaction, he did not get his job back. So as time went on, Sports giant Nike, entered the fray embracing Kap, and that move upset those same people who don’t like what he did. Nike stocks dropped for a while, but they kept Kaepernick & he looked and sounded great in those print and televised ads. Soon, the minds of people changed back in favor of Nike & the sales happened. And as we went on again in life, another change happened where recently Rapper Jay-Z made the comment that ‘it’s time to move beyond kneeling’ and this drew much criticism. It was taken as a diss, but the comment is subject to interpretation. Do we keep marching & kneeling as an oppressed people? That’s how many movements start before it gets physical. What he did was effective enough to draw attention to the issue. Kaepernick’s motives have been criticized by some who feel he’s just looking for attention, he wasn’t a great enough athlete and they were going to cut him, so he did that move as a tactic. Well, that’s all speculation. He got fired anyway, the point is, he inspired other NFL players to take the knee with him and The Brother, showed where he stands politically, rocking his fro. So what now? Well….., the NFL has Jay-Z with them as a part Owner and some see that as a betrayal, but Jay-Z is another strong Black Brother who declared he wants Kaepernick re-hired. Whether he has the power or not to make that happen remains to be seen, the point is, they are trying to clear up a problem. The NFL has seen a steady decline over the years in ratings & interest. They’ve lost their heyday. Just trying to pick the right Halftime performer to hold the audience & hope everything goes right is a daunting task. When they chose Adam Levine last time, Cardi B, like Rihanna stood with Kap and chose not to perform the song they did together, ‘A Girl Like You’. Adam Levine & his band Maroon 5, should NOT have taken the job, but he thought the controversy was good for him, not realizing he was further exposing himself. Months before that on ‘The Voice’, he fucked over DeAndre Nico, a strong soulful Black Contender on his team for some lesser singer (Reagan Strange), a young white female he knew personally, who was nearly voted off the prior week, who got voted off the competition the next week BECAUSE, America didn’t like that, and the fiasco was all over social media . So HIM, opposing Kap, and doing a lame performance at the Half-time show, also hurt the NFL. Until they properly solve this issue with Kap, their general approval will continue to drop.
You’ve seen the mysterious 4:44 ads everywhere before the release of the album at the end of June on TIDAl. You can read More about it here ~ Jay-Z 4:44 Album
Like many other “Black” people, I’m feeling the song ‘The Story of O.J’ because the message is so true. The subject matter of the song applies to O.J. too & is a more roundabout title to use to draw folks into discussion, than, ‘still nigga’ which, is the catch phrase throughout the song driving the point home. And WHY…well, the eerie child-like voice croons, because ‘my skin is black’. The sad fact is many “Blacks” still suffer from getting this fact, especially when you look at cases having to do with popular Celebrities getting in trouble with the system. Now you know what it is. No matter what your accomplishments are, it is all rigged against you. But yet the “White” counterpart with the same, similar or worse offense is not attacked in like manner or even exposed the same way. Access to opportunities & resources is not the same for you
“Black” people or any other group that isn’t “White” since they control & manipulate the wealth globally until that changes. Why is it that some “Blacks” forget this simple fact, well….the delusion that you are also included. If you do this, or get that, & be a good little Black person you can access this reward. Well, many have done that & many of them are nowhere. The truth is even if you tried, the roadblocks are there & many of our people are in a state of suspended animation. So much competence & potential but deliberately kept behind from making it even though you are better. What should sadden you is how used our people are. So what if you represented the country at the Olympics & won the nation gold, you get to go back home to racist America watch an NBC commercial featuring your win, then placing a subliminal racist ad about some mud make-up product, or monkey image in the one commercial that plays all the time on their station just after YOU Black athlete. And I could go on & on because no matter
how decent you are, it is what it is, the prevailing societal projection, my Nobel Peace Prize Winner ~ STILL NIGGA