Colin Kaepernick Teaches Kids Their Rights at his Oakland Camp

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Colin Kaepernick’s fight the power “Know Your Rights” day camp for kids was officially in session Saturday. No afros required.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback schooled over 100 Oakland pre-teens on how to be a responsible adult in the real world. I think even grown ups can learn some lessons from this woke player.

First lesson: know your rights (hence the name of the camp) which in turn can lead to better interactions with police. Hopefully.

Other topics covered–college prep, financial independence and health and nutrition.

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Colin–with some help from friends– founded and organized the “Know Your Rights” camp, according to Theybf.

It isn’t shocking given Kaepernick’s silent protest to take a knee during the National Anthem for the country’s racial disparity problem.

So why not teach the kiddies to be just as fearless?

Kaepernick took a page out of the Black Panther Party’s play book; adopting their 10 Rights for his camp kids to follow. He printed them on a t-shirt lest the kids forget.

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 to 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.

“We want to teach you today about financial literacy, how you can pursue higher education, how you can be physically fit and healthy,” said Colin. “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 wants to take his camp beyond the Bay Area, so every kid knows their rights in the country. Assuring the campers:

“This is just the beginning man. What we’ve done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth, and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them.”

Sounds like a plan.

 

IFYOUBLINKED Woman Crush: Mom of the Year | Rapper Wale Talks #BalitimoreUprising with High School Students

Everyone cheered this mom abusing her son. Is that why she's smiling?  Image Credit: CBS This Morning

Everyone cheered this mom abusing her son. Is that why she’s smiling?
Image Credit: CBS This Morning

It was the beat down seen around the world. A frustrated mom dragged, pushed and punched her son away from participating in the Baltimore riots, for fear he would succumb to the same fate Freddie Gray would.

Usually IFYouBlinked’s Woman crush is someone that does a heroic, selfless act that benefits others. This week’s choice–Toya Graham–may be the antithesis of that. Yet in some ways it’s not. This brief video symbolizes the role a parent plays everyday (especially in hard knock living areas like B-more) to keep their children safe.

Because really how safe are they? Any one of the encounters that led to the demise of Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown could easily be repeated with any one of our black boys and girls. They have been. Each week presents another lost life by someone with a badge. Lately it’s each day. Heard of Terrence Kellum?

So it’s understandable for Toya to be paranoid. Shouldn’t we all be?

But, in addition to being a mama lion protecting your cub, it’s important to guide them on the right path as well. Everyone has their own solution to fixing a festering problem that has preceded each and every one of our lifetime’s. I believe Toya’s strategy is the best. Teach your kid that violence is NOT the answer. Burning down a much needed pharmacy in YOUR community is NOT the answer.

In turn, white parents need to teach their kids that not all black people are a threat or lesser than.That mainstream media can have a bias slant in their reporting.

That’s not to say we should ignore cops snapping a young black kid’s spine unnecessarily. Continue to protest. March. However, don’t let Freddie, Trayvon and Mike’s unjustified murders be in vain by looting a BestBuy.

Did it work in St. Louis?…Right.

Toya is commended for doing the thing we all should do when a kid is in over his head. If nothing else, that’s the behavior that should be modeled.

waleThe same can be said of Wale. The “Album About Nothing” rapper went against his lyrics and visited a Baltimore high school to chat with students about erupting violence in their backyard.

XXL magazine reports Wale making the rounds of Frederick Douglas high school alongside Rev. Jamal Bryant to tell the kids they matter.

We need our community leaders to come step forward and we need these kids to understand that somebody believes in them. I believe in them, Jamal believes in them and there’s a lot of people in this community that believe in these kids.

And the D.C. native relayed that he can relate to their hurts:

I’ve been harassed by police. I get it. I’m here to listen first and foremost – I want to know exactly what the problem is because I’m y’all neighbor. I’m D.C. but I hurt like y’all hurt. I see what’s going on

Wale went on to say the images portrayed in the media don’t match what B-more teens are destined for.

These are the young leaders of tomorrow. They have to look in the mirror and see something better than what they’re being perceived as on TV. Even if it’s gonna take me, or whoever, to come down here and talk to them and give them some energy and let ‘em know that that’s not how I see them, that’s not how we see them, that’s not how the good people of Washington D.C. see them.

After the talk Wale led a march to city hall with students following him.

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Watch the Wale interview below about what he thinks need to change to heal Baltimore.

Rapper/Actor Mos Def Raises Awareness for GITMO Prisoners

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Stepping into someone’s shoes is a heavy enough burden, but how about their shackles? Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def did just that last month when he demonstrated how a Guantanamo Bay prisoner is force fed in a video circulating around the web. It’s a cringe-worthy experiment (My eyes and ears could only stand to watch 1 or 2 mins of the 4 min video) that highlights an engaging debate about 44 Gitmo detainees that are currently being force fed. Currently there are 106 prisoners on hunger strike at the prison. News of this story has prompted protests, heckling of the presidentand voluntary hunger strikes from supporters.

Now its birthed disturbing images of famed rapper Mos’ head and arms strapped to what resembles a dental chair, while having a small tube shoved up his nostril, until his screams of protest call off the procedure. It was a voluntary act of protest (in partnership with Reprieve UK, a London based human rights organization) against the procedure considered torture, along the lines of waterboarding. Can you see the similarity?

After peeping this video I can understand why.

 

 

[SIDENOTE: The Center for Investigative Journalists released a report that revealed over 12,000 prison inmates around California are on hunger strike to protest against solitary confinement.]