Dear Colin Kaepernick

The NFL is saying, “we messed up.”
They’re thinking, “We didn’t give him enough money to shut him up.”
They’re shouting, “He stepped out and called out the country we love!
So, they can’t support him playing the sport he lost nights of sleep chasing the dream of.
They’re screaming, ”We told you to shut up nigger!
They’re saying, “Keep your political opinions to yourself and we will continue to put food on your table.”
The percentage of Blacks who are not in the entertainment or sports industry among the “elite” are very few and far between. 
We spend our lives chasing that AmeriKKKan Dream.
To sit at the table and have that piece of AmeriKKKan pie, but that pie ain’t so sweet.
See, AmeriKKKa has built this well-oiled machine meant for the rich to stay rich and the sports industry to use our black men as puppets.
They told you to, “shut up nigger.”
But you didn’t shut up. 
You stood up, you kneeled down, you fought…
You fought for us, and now they’ve turned their backs on you. 
I love you, and I appreciate you because you knew the risks and even while this debate over your contract is up in the air, you still fight.
You have no regrets.
While other black men in the league are silent so they can get their checks, the invisible noose hangs around their necks …
YOU still fight.
No contract is worth your sanity; no money is worth you not fighting for what you believe in.
You understand the ploy in using monetary items to keep us silent. 
That puts you in a whole different league of your own.
One the NFL could never catch.

This weekend at Made in America literally had me going crazy.

This weekend at Made in America literally had me going crazy. Actually, the past couple of concerts I’ve attended have left me flabbergasted. If my friends could describe me they would say I’m a calmperson, slow to anger, patient…. BUT all of that goes out of the door when this happens. 
First of all, let’s get things straight. I don’t like the word “nigga” to begin with. The word is just something I don’t care for. I understand the roots, where it came from, and the negativity behind it, so, I try and refrain from using it in my own vocabulary bank, AND I’M BLACK.
So, with that being said, the one thing that makes my skin crawl is when people of a non-black background think it’s okay to say it. The one place that I’ve seen them very comfortable saying it, is at concerts. Yelling out the word as if it’s a part of them, as if they grew up being called nigga, as if they know… The reasonings I’ve heard when I bought my issue to other people’s attention are:

  • The artists make the music, if they didn’t care about non-blacks saying it, they wouldn’t make it
  • It’s just a song
  • It’s not THAT serious
  • They don’t mean it in an offensive way

Sorry, I’m not going for it. I won’t ever be okay with a non-nigga, saying the word nigga. I don’t care if your favorite artist says it, and I don’t care if your best friend is black. I think as a people we make too many excuses for other people’s actions. What I can say is, I’m working on trying to calmly tell the person how I feel about it without going crazy on them. I’m learning to accept that I can’t control other people’s actions, but I can give them my input to try and better the situation. I’m learning, I’m growing, but until I’m at a place where I can nicely tell you to watch your mouth, don’t say nigga around me. 
​​​What You Can Do

  • Figure out the best approach to the situation
  • Vent to your close friends/family
  • Figure out where the anger is stemming from. Are you just angry because they said it, or are you angry for other reasons?
  • Talk about it, make your voice heard.
  • A lot of people actually don’t mind so if you fall in that category. That’s your preference

One thing I’ve learned is, people won’t know what your issue is if you don’t voice it. Even if it falls on deaf ears, you know that you’ve done your part.

Now it’s your turn. How do you feel about the subject, have you experienced this, is it an over reaction? All comments are welcomed. Let’s get the conversation started.