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Aug 21 - Kaepernick guest edits article about him and his know your rights campaign
 

 
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
Colin Kaepernick Wants You to Know Your Rights
Story by Miabelle Bocicault, Dr. Ameer Hasan Loggins, Dr. Christopher Petrella / Guest Edited by Colin Kaepernick / Photography by Shawn Theodore20 August

On October 15, 1966, Oakland-based activists Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton drafted a roadmap to Black freedom. Originally known as the Black Panther Party's Ten-Point Platform and Program, the document articulated 10 demands and 10 beliefs that formed the basis of the organization. "Black people will not be free until we are able to determine our destiny," wrote Seale and Newton. Among the Panthers' demands were an "education that teaches us our true history and our role in the present-day society" and "an immediate end to police brutality and the murder of Black people."

"That was over 50 years ago. And what has changed?" Colin Kaepernick asks. "Oscar Grant, Rekia Boyd, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice. What has changed? Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray. The Panthers' demands are still alive today because the police are still k*lling us today."

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Ten months before the then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a knee during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in protest of systemic anti-Blackness and police terrorism, he and his partner, Nessa, devised a plan. The seeds of that plan gave birth to the Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC), a traveling youth-empowerment initiative.

As Kaepernick describes it, "The discussion happened shortly after the execution of Mario Woods." The murder of the 26-year-old Woods on December 2, 2015 by five San Francisco police officers left Kaepernick with feelings of loss, pain and anger.

This movement needs all types of people. From athletes to healers to poets and artists to scholars and lawyers, we need everyone to contribute to the struggle."


Woods' murder coincided with Kaepernick's resolve to put his social analysis into action. "If Colin wasn't reviewing a playbook," recalls Nessa, "he was reading a history book." Week after week, Kaepernick could be found devouring texts on the global struggle for Black freedom and self-determination. His bookshelf was overflowing with titles like The Autobiography of Malcolm X; Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis and Huey P. Newton's autobiography, Revolutionary suicide. The texts offered Kaepernick ideas for architecting the camp and its curriculum.

KYRC is designed to serve as a home base and safe space for young folks — particularly Black youth ages 12-18 — to gain legal knowledge for navigating all-too-common violent encounters with police officers and to thrive in the areas of health, education, tech, self-empowerment and finance. Not only does the camp provide material resources to youth but it also serves as a space where love, joy, courage and honesty are given room to breathe.

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Since Kaepernick's first camp in October 2016, he and a growing cadre of volunteers have hosted six additional installments in Harlem, Chicago, New Orleans, Amsterdam, Miami and Baltimore. The volume of youth attending his camps has grown, too. Kaepernick's most recent offering in Baltimore served over 450 attendees. The camps are free to all youth, as they are funded by Kaepernick himself and through small donations.

KYRC is pillared around 10 fundamental human rights, in homage to the Black Panther Party's Ten-Point Platform and Program. According to Kaepernick, the principles represent the types of affirmations and protections that ought to be enjoyed by Black people globally:

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 to 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 rights also emblematize the ingredients needed to grow a vibrant movement toward the liberation of Black people. "This movement needs all types of people," says Kaepernick. "From athletes to healers to poets and artists to scholars and lawyers, we need everyone to contribute to the struggle. The struggle is affecting all of us. Period."

To that end, the camp is intentionally intergenerational, too. Seasoned freedom f*ghters like former Black Panther leader Ericka Huggins and Ambassador Shabazz, Malcolm X's oldest daughter, have each attended a camp. "Colin puts love in action," says Huggins. "And the camp's 10 rights are timeless because they are human rights."

Speaking at a recent camp, Ambassador Shabazz reminded campers that the expression "by any means necessary" — one made famous by her father — "isn't about other people. It's about yourself. It's the exercise, the commitment you make to be your best... by any means necessary."

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In collaboration with local activists and organizations, the half-day camps typically begin at 7 a.m. when youth arrive to a nutritious breakfast provided by Black-owned businesses housed in their community, an offering inspired by the Panthers' free breakfast program. After their meals, attendees move in groups to a discussion on the history of policing, an interactive training on exercising one's legal rights during a police encounter and then onto breakaway workshops on financial literacy, careers in STEM, holistic health, higher education and the importance of knowing one's roots and history.

At the camp's mid-afternoon conclusion, every youth attendee receives a backpack — many of which are stuffed by Kaepernick himself — complete with a local community resource guide, a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X and an AncestryDNA kit. "The DNA kit," says Kaepernick, "is a powerful reminder to the youth that the beginning of their history predates the United States and is not shackled to the institution of slavery. The beginning of their history is based in freely thriving African civilizations."

"This is just the beginning," he tells campers in Baltimore. "Before you leave here today, I need you to know that we are in this together." He pauses for a moment, then lifts his clenched fist to the sky. "I need you to believe this with everything you have in you: Say it with me — I am powerful! I am powerful! I AM POWERFUL!"

In the spirit of love and courage, the following freedom f*ghters have collectively transformed their cultural power into a non-negotiable demand for Black liberation. Together, these 10 individuals selected by Colin Kaepernick represent the living embodiment of Know Your Rights Camp's 10 principles and inspire us all to f*ght for our freedom... by any means necessary.

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 1 month ago '18        #2
antisocial100  1 heat pts1
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Glad to see Kaep still doing his thing.... biggest thing around the whole jay z nfl thing is ohh what’s the next step, what have you been doing

Go looks at kaep website and his page, he been doing a lot without the NFL help, so jay can sit his a*s down and just admit he needs a bag
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 antisocial100 said
Glad to see Kaep still doing his thing.... biggest thing around the whole jay z nfl thing is ohh what’s the next step, what have you been doing

Go looks at kaep website and his page, he been doing a lot without the NFL help, so jay can sit his a*s down and just admit he needs a bag
why can't we be happy both Black men want to help bring up the Black community?
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 Sin said
why can't we be happy both Black men want to help bring up the Black community?
Only one man in this equation has be going about it in a genuine way, jay z give me snake vibes, can’t trust that dude with nothin, but then again ya Brooklyn n*ggas been known to scheme
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 antisocial100 said
Only one man in this equation has be going about it in a genuine way, jay z give me snake vibes, can’t trust that dude with nothin, but then again ya Brooklyn n*ggas been known to scheme
I say lets judge him a year from now and what he's does with this opportunity

but Jay has been working on reform


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 Sin said
I say lets judge him a year from now and what he's does with this opportunity

but Jay has been working on reform
Then completely contradicted and erased all he did by working with the people who are blackballing Kaepernick
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 antisocial100 said
Then completely contradicted and erased all he did by working with the people who are blackballing Kaepernick
kaep knew the risk, Malcolm and Martin sacrificed their lives for justice if kaep can't sacrifice a job he was never the man to lead this protest
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 1 month ago '18        #8
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Kaepernick is a jobless sh*t head I hope he never plays the sport he loves professionally ever again. fu*k that clown haired bi*ch
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 1 month ago '14        #9
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 Deeznutz1981 said
Kaepernick is a jobless sh*t head I hope he never plays the sport he loves professionally ever again. fu*k that clown haired bi*ch
He is a millionaire many times over you bum. What is your hourly?
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 Daptism said
He is a millionaire many times over you bum. What is your hourly?
No I understand that and that's why I never mentioned money because I know he's rich. I am just satisfied enough watching his prime years waste away and not being able to play the sport he loves with such passion.

With each season that passes his chance slowly slips away and he deserves that in my book. fu*k Kaep and fu*k you too bi*ch
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 Deeznutz1981 said
No I understand that and that's why I never mentioned money because I know he's rich. I am just satisfied enough watching his prime years waste away and not being able to play the sport he loves with such passion.

With each season that passes his chance slowly slips away and he deserves that in my book. fu*k Kaep and fu*k you too bi*ch
You mean he made more money not playing football with his crusade than say bashing his brains in getting all types of brain damage? A total loss on his part.

Your bi*ch a*s has so much hate on your part you are practically foaming from the mouth. Get some fresh air and smell the roses f*g**t.
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 Sin said
kaep knew the risk, Malcolm and Martin sacrificed their lives for justice if kaep can't sacrifice a job he was never the man to lead this protest
People should not be blackballed for f*ghting against racial injustice my friend
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 antisocial100 said
People should not be blackballed for f*ghting against racial injustice my friend
they definitely shouldn't kaep should have immediately had two or three offers

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 Daptism said
You mean he made more money not playing football with his crusade than say bashing his brains in getting all types of brain damage? A total loss on his part.

Your bi*ch a*s has so much hate on your part you are practically foaming from the mouth. Get some fresh air and smell the roses f*g**t.
Yes that's why I never mentioned money can you read? I understand he's filthy rich from hating America but the fact remains his passion has always been football. He is right on the edge of playing professionally but just can't seem to quite get there and it obviously bother him a lot not being able to play the sport he loves, he even let it be known he's training hard each day in hopes to finally play. That's why snowflakes were all crying when Jay got hired by the NFL. It's not about money for me I just enjoy watching a huge douchebag's best years waste away is all.
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 Deeznutz1981 said
Yes that's why I never mentioned money can you read? I understand he's filthy rich from hating America but the fact remains his passion has always been football. He is right on the edge of playing professionally but just can't seem to quite get there and it obviously bother him a lot not being able to play the sport he loves, he even let it be known he's training hard each day in hopes to finally play. That's why snowflakes were all crying when Jay got hired by the NFL. It's not about money for me I just enjoy watching a huge douchebag's best years waste away is all.
If his passion was football he would be playing. He opted out his contract and rejected a couple if back up positions. He coulda been went to cfl or afl but dude dont really wanna play football.
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 Deeznutz1981 said
Kaepernick is a jobless sh*t head I hope he never plays the sport he loves professionally ever again. fu*k that clown haired bi*ch
@2:52 guy speaks the truth about Kap

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 Deeznutz1981 said
Kaepernick is a jobless sh*t head I hope he never plays the sport he loves professionally ever again. fu*k that clown haired bi*ch
trump disagrees


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 Deeznutz1981 said
Yes that's why I never mentioned money can you read? I understand he's filthy rich from hating America but the fact remains his passion has always been football. He is right on the edge of playing professionally but just can't seem to quite get there and it obviously bother him a lot not being able to play the sport he loves, he even let it be known he's training hard each day in hopes to finally play. That's why snowflakes were all crying when Jay got hired by the NFL. It's not about money for me I just enjoy watching a huge douchebag's best years waste away is all.
So you derive pleasure from another person's suffering. Pretty sure there is a term for that.
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 1 month ago '18        #19
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 Daptism said
So you derive pleasure from another person's suffering.



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