Colin Kaepernick creates 'Know Your Rights' Camp in Oakland to prepare black kids for life.
On Saturday, Colin Kaepernick held a “Know Your Rights” camp for underprivileged Bay Area children while he had some time on a bye week.
“We want to teach you today about financial literacy, how you can pursue higher education, how you can be physically fit and healthy,” Kaepernick told the kids according to The Grio. “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.”
Kapernick offered the kids a list of ten rights they should know, inspired by the Black Panthers’ “Ten-Point Program”:
- You have the right to be free.
- You have the right to be healthy.
- You have the right to be brilliant.
- You have the right to be safe.
- You have the right be loved.
- You have the right to be courageous.
- You have the right to be alive.
- You have the right to be trusted.
- You have the right to be educated.
- You have the right to know your rights.
The Root writes that Know Your Rights Camp is “a free campaign for youth to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.”
The organization has a goal “to help build a stronger generation of people that will create the change that is much needed in this world.”
Event started at Saturday at 8 a.m. local time, and it included speakers who talked to youth on subjects like going to college, holistic health, and fiscal responsibility. There was a catered breakfast, and the youth participated in small breakout sessions that Kaepernick himself wandered in and out of, interacting with the teens on a one-on-one basis.
YahnaiJah Gilliam, 17, is an Oakland resident who attended Saturday’s event. She was very impressed with the way the event was handled.
“I went into it expecting a super structured thing, but it honestly felt like we were at an afterschool event,” Gilliam said. “He spoke to us in a very nurturing way; he wasn’t condescending at all.”
Gilliam said she felt like she was at her “Uncle Kaepernick’s” house.
“It was really one of those feel good warm and fuzzy moments. He talked about serious topics, but he didn’t present them in a way that would make us fear or be scared,” Gilliam said. “He made us feel comfortable. He didn’t fuel hate or rebellion. It was very calm, mature, reasoning discussion.”
The quarterback has plans to expand Know Your Rights Camp to cities outside of the Bay Area.
“It’s exciting for me because I see a lot of hope, I see a lot of what is to come,” Kaepernick told The Undefeated. “And if you look at a lot of movements in past history, it started at a youth level and has built. And that’s really where change is created, is when youth come up and they’re built in that culture of, ‘I know what this means, I know why this is happening and I also know how to help create change now.’”
Today government is criminally negligent to the education of black kids. They grow up unprepared to the adulthood in the most important questions like their rights and possibilities. No one tells them how to interact with the police, no one tells them where to go if they have problems with finding a jod. So Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp is helpful now more than ever. We are waiting for the same camps in other cities with great impatience.