NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started a nationwide controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem at football games, is now starting a new movement influencing the nation’s youth to go on offense against the police.
Kaepernick has started a “Know Your Rights Camp,” described on his website as “a free campaign for youth to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.”
Inspired by the teachings of the Black Panther Party, the camp lays out 10 “basic rights” to kids. Kaepernick reportedly told the camp attendees, “We’re here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”
The first camp was held in Oakland, California, but Kaepernick says he wants to take it nationwide.
“What we’ve done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth, and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them,” Kaepernick said.
“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. 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,’” he added.
Kaepernick’s website promotes the ACLU “Mobile Justice” app encouraging their members to download the app to record any interaction they have with the police, then report it directly to the ACLU.
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