Colin Kaepernick replied to Jay-Z's claims that we are past kneeling by saying, "We ain't past nothing."
I said in my post addressing this subject some time ago that the NFL thinks that Jay-Z is still the voice of the Black community and whatever he does, Black people will follow suit. This is one of those times when they will find out they were wrong. Jay-Z has no pull other than the fact that he has a lot of money.
Of course, not every Black person in America got behind Kaepernick when he was kneeling in protest for the unarmed Black men in America that had been shot and killed by police officers without consequence.
What Jay-Z does not realize is that this cause is greater than his fame. Black people are not just ready to move on and not only that but as we see Eric Garner did not get justice and just goes to show that the powers that be are just ignoring the Black community as a whole. I'm not saying that kneeling will make them treat Black people fairly but it keeps the conversation going, that's the part that Jay-Z is missing. We don't want them thinking that we have just moved on like we usually do. Not this time.
After news broke out about Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL, the rapper and businessman has a new title, he is being labeled a sell-out by the people that still support Colin Kaepernick. Jay-Z criticized Travis Scott for performing at the SuperBowl this year. Just six months later Jay-Z partners with the NFL and is asking the Black community to just move on.
The internet has been mostly divided on this topic. The real question is, can we move on? More importantly, is it time to move on? The NFL has shown its ability to blackball an athlete that speaks on social justice. Also, the NFL has become defiant towards Kaepernick who did not say anything disrespectful, he just to a knee in silent protest but the league took issue with it in the worse way possible.
I believe the real reason the NFL is even doing this partnership with Jay-Z, is damage control. Sometimes businesses underestimate the power of the Black community. By blackballing Kaepernick, it made the NFL appear to be siding with Trump. That's not a reputation you want to have when the majority of your players are Black. The Jay-Z partnership is just too little, too late. All they can do now is ruin what little credibility JayZ has in the Black community.
If you haven't heard yet, a group of players are starting a new Football League. No, I'm not talking about the XFL, I'm not talking about the AAF either, I'm talking about talking about the Freedom Football League. Ricky Williams made the announcement about the upstart new league that will be a spring football league.
The idea of this league is to have Freedom of speech and the ability to address social issues that the NFL will not allow players to address.
Former NFL Pro-Bowler, Ricky Williams, released this statement concerning the league:
"The Freedom Football League is the perfect integration of my passion for social justice, economic equality and health and wellness, with my life-long dedication and love for professional football,” Williams said in the release. “As much as I’d like to throw on the pads and play, this league is designed to bring competitive football back to the masses, providing players and fans alike with the economic benefits of owning stake in a team, while also ensuring players are empowered to use their public platform for social good.”