FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Activists in support of quarterback Colin Kaepernick are threatening to boycott the NFL if he’s not signed to a team.
On Aug. 26, 2016, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the National Anthem before the third preseason game of the upcoming 2016 NFL season.
Right after the game, Kaepernick he told NFL Media why he sat during the anthem, prompting his now-famous statement:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
As of the Daytona Times’ deadline Wednesday night, a Change.org petition to be sent to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners had garnered its goal of 100,000 signatures.
What it states
The #NoKaepernickNoNFL petition threatens to boycott the league by not watching or attending any games, not discussing or engaging with football accounts on social media platforms, and not purchasing any NFL merchandise.
“We understand NFL is very important to you,” the petition states. “We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick’s protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch.
Simply put, if things stay the same for the way America — where “all men are created equal” — treats people of color, then your loved ones, friends, and children will eventually be affected as well.”
“Finally, this shows how much the NFL really cares about its Black athletes. It’s pretty much: Play for us, entertain us, make us money, and shut up.”
Aug. 23 rally
A United We Stand Rally for Colin Kaepernick is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 23 in front of NFL Headquarters in New York. Multiple organizations are on board, including the Justice League NYC and the Empowerment Movement.
The Justice League is the same organization that made the “I Can’t Breathe” shirts that several athletes wore after the Eric Garner killing.
Filmmaker Spike Lee has said he will participate in the rally.