Our wonderful poet, Marshata Caradine-Randall, M.Ed. speaks about Colin Kaepernick's protest and the controversial reaction to it.
The very people behind the pen that wield education malpractice
The very people behind the pen that wield ignorance
The very people behind the pen that wield homelessness
The very people behind the pen that wield hunger
The very people behind the pen that wield my community of savages
The very people behind the pen that wiled my chemically filled community
The very people behind the pen that wield MAN MADE malpractice
The very people that knowingly and willfully assure that our children “trust” them are the SAME people who are turning their back on #ColinKaepernick.
It is your brilliance, your calculating moves, your demand for justice and equality under the USA flag while being a “worker” for the #NFL for Black and Brown lives of which is a smear in the face of those who hung us from trees for attempting to learn to read and write, it is the same vicious people who stood, laughed, pointed, and mocked like their children were at a funfest. They and their children enjoyed watching children, women and men hanging from trees as “STRANGE FRUIT.”
They got great enjoyment from watching us hang as we were determined to enforce of rights and full citizenry in this great country called the #USA.
You are showing America’s true color for what we know it is to be and always have been…..
You are showing America’s blatant racist views towards Black and Brown citizens……
You are showing just how spot on your position to kneel was evident and needed.
I have yet to see vocal OUTRAGE and DISGUST at our schools that produce TOP athletes but assuring through LEGISLATION they should fail in life, as long as they are “scouting” the BEST, FASTEST, and MOST athletic to work hard and play hard to make them rich, THAT IS THE ULTIMATE GOAL and NOT their minds, YOUR THREAT IS YOUR MIND!
As long as they can use athleticism to make millions and billions off of the backs of POOR Black and Brown athletes then they will and feel entitled to do so without ANY questions being asked.
It is an atrocity that for a POOR BLACK AND BROWN mom or family, the only hope they have is sports because that will assure their children and family can have the “American” dream until they realize it is ALL A NIGHTMARE!
When thinking of athleticism and African Americans, it is from the beginning of time……
WE WERE THE COVETED ONE!
We have a strong work ethic
We have creative
We have talents
We have drive
We have discipline
We are competitive
We are aggressive
We are focus
We are a determined people
We most definitely have a high tolerance for pain
We have to master time management
We are financially literate
We are an adaptable people
We have no other option but to be flexible
We are an learn how to be athletic during the toddler years because we are grooming our children to face a world that do not see, or value their humanity
We are motived
We take the initiative
We make no excuses
We are confident
We are teachable
We are leaders
We are followers
We are accountable
We are responsible
We are competitive
We go above and beyond for our coaches
We are tough minded
We are emotionally mature
We are in control of our emotions
We are known to face and master challenges
We have the ability to tune out distractions in the midst of chaos
We have that BLACK MAGIC!