Any critics who thought Colin Kaepernick's kneeling during the national anthem as a protest against racism and police brutality wasn't enough to drive social change, well, how about now?
During the San Francisco 49ers' bye week this past weekend, the team's woke quarterback held his "I Know My Rights Camp" in Oakland for hundreds of young Black and Latino kids from the Bay Area.
As documented by New York Daily News columnist Shaun King, Kaepernick's camp was inspired by the Black Panther Party and its 10-point plan. The 28-year-old QB took that formula and spun off his own 10 rights for his I Know My Rights Camp participants on Saturday.
Kaepernick's camp has the support of the Black Panther Party itself, as Ericka Huggins, a former leading member of the movement, visited the camp and even spoke with the QB, as documented by his Instagram account.
"We're here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We're here to give you tools to help you succeed,” Kaepernick told all those in attendance at his camp, as reported by the Daily News. “We're going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we're also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely."
Kaepernick added: "We want to teach you today about financial literacy, how you can pursue higher education, how you can be physically fit and healthy. 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."
As he told King, he wants this initial camp in Oakland to serve as a springboard for a movement far greater on a national scale.
"This is just the beginning, man," Kaepernick continued. "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."
He added much of the same sentiment via his IG account.
As Kaepernick builds his camp up, what will his critics say now?
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