Kaepernick: “If we all believe in something, we won’t have to sacrifice everything”

AP

In his Nike commercial, Colin Kaepernick says, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” In his comments after receiving the W.E.B Du Bois Medal from Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & American Research, Kaepernick expanded on that message.

If we all believe in something, we won’t have to sacrifice everything,” Kaepernick said near the end of his relatively brief remarks, via Eric Kane of WHDH-TV. “And in thinking about the initiation of this protest, this stance, and where we’re at currently, I go back to something I said in a speech previously, that love is at the root of our resistance, and it will continue to be, and it will fortify everything that we do.”

Kaepernick also shared a story of visiting a youth football team that took a knee during the national anthem shortly after Kaepernick began his protest.

“I’m in the locker room with them, they’re getting ready, they’re getting prepped,” Kaepernick said. “And I hear them talking back and forth and getting hyped up. And one of the young brothers says, ‘We don’t get to eat at home, so we’re going to eat on this field.’ That moment has never left me. And I think that’s the reality of what I fought for, what so many of us have fought for. People live with this every single day. And we expect them to thrive in situations where they’re just trying to survive.

“And I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them. Because if we don’t we become complicit in the problem. It is our duty to fight for them and we are going to continue to fight for them.”

The live stream of Kaepernick’s comments was blocked, with the following message appearing while he spoke: “Due to the current litigation of W.E.B. Du Bois medalist Colin Kaepernick. No press photography or video livestream will be allowed of his remarks.” Nothing in the remarks, however, would seem to undermine his litigation. The fact that the comments ultimately were made available to the media makes the decision to keep the video of his words from being seen and heard as they were being delivered even more curious.

31 responses to “Kaepernick: “If we all believe in something, we won’t have to sacrifice everything”

  1. So how do the pig socks help spread love? How about the pro-Castro shirt while in Miami, in the faces of people who fled suffering at the hands of that regime?

    Kap doesn’t even know what message he’s supposed to be sending. His girl didn’t instruct him clearly enough.

  2. Has he visited any of the Nike plants where kids work for pennies a day making the shoe he schills for?

  3. ‘We don’t get to eat at home, so we’re going to eat on this field.’
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    So how is that racial inequality or police brutality that you supposedly kneeled for? Sounds like parents who shouldn’t have had kids if they can’t take care of themselves. Real reason why Kaep kneeled: he was upset he got benched for Gabbert. End of story.

  4. I Believe in President Trump. I believe in standing for the national anthem. I believe in honoring & supporting our military and Police.

  5. “We don’t get to eat at home, so we’re going to eat on this field.’ That moment has never left me. And I think that’s the reality of what I fought for, what so many of us have fought for”

    And yet you and others claimed it was about police brutality.

  6. I don’t think he is a great QB but is certainly better than a lot of backups and 3rd string slappies. He also is very flawed, unmeasured at times, imperfect and honestly is not a good movement leader. He allowed the narrative to be hijacked by right-wingers while remaining silent. When right-wingers try to paint him as a bad guy all I hear is their bigotry. They’re saying they are just fine with oppression and police violence.

  7. My guess as to why he wouldn’t allow it to be televized is that he was going to wear Under Armour gear and Nike wouldn’t allow it. Kind of like that time he wore a Dolphins hat when he was the 49ers QB. Or when he wore a Castro shirt when he was a US citizen.

  8. “If we all believe in something, we won’t have to sacrifice everything”

    I believe that the world would be a better place if you would shut your mouth, stand for the flag, stop wearing pig socks and get an honest job.

    Problem is, I don’t see you doing any single one of those things.

  9. When your patriotism is threatened by a man kneeling in silent protest, maybe you need to think about how weak your beliefs are. Go ahead and thumb me down. I really do not care what bigots think. I am stronger than that.

  10. 345snarkavenue says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:43 am
    catquick says:
    October 12, 2018 at 7:12 am
    What if we believe in the flag?

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    and what exactly does the flag, that you believe in, stand for?

    11 52 Rate This

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    we all know that voting down my question is easier than facing the paradox created by answering it.

  11. Bill Walker says:

    When your patriotism is threatened by a man kneeling in silent protest, maybe you need to think about how weak your beliefs are. Go ahead and thumb me down. I really do not care what bigots think. I am stronger than that.
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    The definition of bigotry is intolerance to the beliefs of others. You bash our beliefs then call us bigots? Yeah, I gave a hypocrite like you a thumbs down.

  12. “Due to the current litigation of W.E.B. Du Bois medalist Colin Kaepernick. No press photography or video livestream will be allowed of his remarks.”
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    This is allegedly America though. Wow, and the people saying this is fine are okay with this? Just wow.

  13. If all the Police threw up their arms and said, ” OK we are taking the month off, you got what up want” The entire USA would be in flames in less then 6 hours, Half the population would be dead, and Kaep would be running to another Country, to eat on their field. Punk.

  14. He’s not in the league and he almost certainly isn’t ever going to be. Can we be done with him now? PLEASE?

  15. 345snarkavenue…it stands for liberty and freedom. It was easy to answer, that’s why everyone ignored you. You can go back to being an aggrevation now.

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