The former NFL defensive pro was a guest on Van Lathan’s “The Red Pill Podcast,” where he and Lathan discussed the merits of Kap’s national anthem protest. Wiley said:
“If I had to vote whether Kaepernick did right or did wrong, I would vote wrong, because I’m into resources. I’m into materializing. I’m into monetizing.”
These comments are on the heels of the “Speak For Yourself Host” host chastising Kap for not being able to understand the full weight of the cause because Kap is bi-racial.
Later during the podcast with Lathan, Wiley made a comparison between Kap’s protest method and J.J. Watt’s hurricane relief fundraising efforts, and said:
"I watch J.J. Watt, different cause, different reason. Instead of being adversarial. In alliance, he raised $41.6 million on record. $2 million on record, $41.6 million on record.”
The clear implication being that Kap’s protest made too many people (read: White people) uncomfortable.
But isn’t that the point of protest? Change occurs when people are uncomfortable.
Never mind the fact that raising money for a natural disaster or a disease like cancer doesn’t carry the baggage of racial injustice.
Wiley also said he believes Kap’s protest was not effective due to Kap’s “silence.”
Kap does not generally make mention or speak to the media about his actions regarding social justice.
For one, he has been conducting a Know Your Rights Camp since 2016 that is mostly subsidized from his own pockets.
He operates in plain sight, and if anyone wants to look up what he’s done, the record is there for review.
Still, many people are not here for Wiley’s comments disparaging Kap.
The Atlantic’s Jemele Hill recently called out Wiley for comments she believes took the conversation to “an ignorant place.” In an interview with TMZ, Hill said:
"My only disappointment in what Marcellus said is that he pivoted the conversation to kind of an ignorant place. Reasonable minds can differ, so if we have a difference of opinion, that's totally fine. Just don't pivot it to an ignorant place where we're talking about somebody's Blackness."
Many on social media chimed in as well.
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