JA Media Reporting On NFL Player’s Boycott Of The American Anthem – President Obama Speaks……..

What do you draw from this all?  For me it is this simple.  There are those who choose to play it safe and would not even voice an opinion much less take any kind of action on any matter outside of their own lives.  They are quick to criticise which is all good and well, then clearly stay away from a personal action that could result in some form of change.  The change may not be instantaneous as the abolition of slavery was not.  Yet each person doing their part in the bigger stream of life eventually can cause change if not for them but for their children.  My own parents are not alive to have witnessed the first black man becoming President of the United States of America, however, the impossible has become possible and will continue to be as that is the process, journey called life.

Human rights does not apply to a certain sect, the most popular, and the majority rather to each and every human being.  To agree or not to agree does not preclude one from taking action/stand if they are compassioned to do so.  Your action is not dictated by the ‘cool, waggonists’ bandwagon rather a deep desire to voice by way of action what is deemed an injustice.  What is deemed for the good of mankind.   What is deemed caring about the needs of everybody while pursing those of your own.   The needs of everybody to have the right to exist, the opportunity to choose whether they want to or not.

When I look to the Roc, I reference Kaepernick action as his right.  Irrespective of what the masses may say about such an action, he felt compelled with his own reasons as to why he will continue to do so.  How do our people living on the Roc respond to the ills of this country?  Do you remain silent when maybe a ‘vote’ could make a difference or do you criticise taking no action then announce that your action will not make a difference.  I thank those before me who did all they could so that I could be born free in the 1960s and have the opportunity to freely express myself in a country as Jamaica where certain freedoms still exist.

I agree with President Obama on this one,

“I’d rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines not paying attention at all,” Obama said.


Obama backs Kaepernick right to boycott anthem

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, September 05, 2016 | 1:39 PM   

 VIENTIANE, Laos (AFP) — President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick, saying the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was exercising his “constitutional right” to protest the US national anthem.

Kaepernick has drawn fierce criticism for refusing to stand during renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner”, and was roundly booed during a match in San Diego last week in which he knelt during the song.

Obama, speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in China, said Kaepernick had succeeded in drawing attention to “topics that need to be talked about”.

Kaepernick has said his protest is a statement against racial injustice and police brutality.

“My understanding, at least, is that he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” Obama said.

“I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it.

“As a general matter, when it comes to the flag, and the national anthem, and the meaning it holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us, that is a tough thing for them to get past, to then hear what his deeper concerns are.

“But I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”

Obama added that Kaepernick’s protest may be defined as “messy” but said “that’s the way democracy works.”

“I’d rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines not paying attention at all,” Obama said.

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