CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — Regardless how biased Amerikkka tries to taint him, Kaepernick’s light continues to shine through… and genuine people see it so clearly.
FOR THE CULTURE
Via Instagram, Colin Kaepernick posted a “thank you” message to Harvard University. According to USA Today, he was recognized as one of eight honorees for their accomplishments in excelling “contributions to black history and culture.”
The source notes the ceremony was held Thursday afternoon, October 11, at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
Kaepernick was awarded the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal for his aforementioned contributions in the Black community.
“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” Kaepernick stated during his acceptance speech. “Because if we don’t we become complicit in the problem.”
According to 7News WHDH-TV reporter Eric Cane, Colin didn’t want his speech recorded or broadcasted by media and requested to keep it low key. However, he did allow his remarks on-the-record.
During Kaepernick’s speech, he discussed the beginnings of his protest and “taking a knee.” A week after his initial knee protest, he recalled visiting a Castelmont High School in Oakland, California and sitting in with their football team.
The entire team joined him in solidarity by kneeling on the field during the anthem.
But during pre-game, within the confines of their locker room, Kaepernick said a team leader mentioned something that has stuck with him ever since.
“We don’t get to eat at home, so we’re going to eat on this field,” the leader exclaimed while hyping his team.
“That moment has never left me,” Colin told his Harvard audience. “And I’ve carried that everywhere I went.”
“And I think that’s the reality of what I fought for. People live with this every single day. And we expect them to thrive in situations where they’re just trying to survive.”
According to Kaepernick, it’s our duty to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. “Love is at the root of our resistance, and it will continue to be, and it will fortify everything that we do,” Colin stated.
If you’re interested in the full speech, it’s also located below.
Kaepernick requested that the media not record or broadcast his speech, however he did allow his remarks to be on the record. So here is what he said: pic.twitter.com/KewUJJp0iB
— Eric Kane (@EricKaneTV) October 11, 2018
“I’m grateful for this recognition and to be amongst the other highly esteemed honorees that inspire me,” Colin mentioned via Instagram.
Kaepernick truly deserves this award and has done more for the Black community than Amerikkka will ever give him credit. To them, he’s just a former NFL player. To us, he’s a hero. A legend, similar to W.E.B. Du Bois.
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[Featured Photo via Colin Kaepernick / Instagram]