Anti-Israel Muslim activist and Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour joined the NAACP at a rally to support former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick. The unemployed quarterback continues to remain team-less, a situation many liberals find unacceptable.
An NFL quarterback who at one time had a promising career, Kaepernick’s athletic prowess has been eclipsed by his pre-game behavior. The national anthem protester drew both support and derision from NFL fans when he refused to stand for the anthem in protest of the song, which he says represents a country that doesn’t do enough to protect black citizens.
At the NFL’s New York headquarters Thursday, Sarsour and other demonstrators joined the NAACP at a rally, dubbed the “United We Stand” march. Many activist groups, including Black Lives Matter, consider Kaepernick a hero to their cause.
Sarsour, a promoter of Sharia Law in the United States, and one of the main organizers of the Women’s March in D.C. earlier this year, was one of the main speakers at the rally for Kaepernick.
She began her speech with an Islamic greeting. “I want to make something real clear. For a long time, we’ve been talking about ending white supremacy, and people have been saying that we were really radical, that that was a radical thought to put forth. All of a sudden, in the past few days, ending white supremacy became a mainstream idea,” Sarsour raved.
“Sisters and brothers, it will take a lot of courage for you to stand up to white coward men with tiki torches. It takes real courage to go after the real white supremacists – the ones in the suits in the boardrooms, the ones sitting in Congress!” she screamed.
She demanded the NFL sign Kaepernick, then launched into her defense of Kapernick, praising him for taking a knee, and said he “stood up for what is right and highlighted the injustices to the under-represented communities that he comes from.
“Colin Kaepernick could have easily said, ‘I’m going to stand here and put my hand on my heart and say the pledge of allegiance,'” she said, and said, “What are YOU ready to do for the communities you come from?”
Watch her entire rant below:
Kaepernick declared his free agency at the end of last season, and so far, no one has picked him up for the current season. He remains unsigned by an NFL team, but his protest of the anthem isn’t the only reason the 29-year old remains on the sidelines.
During the 2012 season, Kaepernick was a backup to former 49er quarterback Alex Smith. He took over as the 49ers’ starter mid-season when Smith suffered a concussion. Under Kaepernick, the 49ers appeared in their first Super Bowl since 1994, in an exciting game they eventually lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
The 49ers returned to the NFC championships the following year, with Kaepernick as the starter all season, but they failed to make it to the big game. In fact, in the remaining seasons Kaepernick led the team, they missed the playoffs for three years consecutively. Kaepernick’s career was questioned as he lost and won back his starting job repeatedly.
In 2016, Kaepernick began his national anthem protest. At the end of the season, he was without a position, and there’s no indication another team is ready to pick him up.
Recently, Kaepernick’s unemployment has become a focus for activists. They say the only reason he has not been signed this year is that the NFL is “racist.” The NAACP sent a letter demanding that the NFL sign Kaepernick.
In the letter, the NAACP said Kaepernick is being punished for “exercising his free speech,” regardless of the fact that other players have also participated in the same form of protest, refusing to stand for the anthem, and “none of them have faced any consequences,” as Breitbart pointed out.
The NAACP sent a letter to the NFL and Roger Goodell asking for meeting to discuss Colin Kaepernick: pic.twitter.com/XLG9Sx1h9Z
— SB Nation (@SBNation) August 23, 2017
Yet at the rally, the group threatened a boycott unless the league signs Kaepernick. According to Breitbart:
“In a Wednesday afternoon statement, the group claimed that the player’s unemployment is evidence of the NFL’s ‘fear of Black peoples’ free speech’ and demanded that NFL chief Roger Goodell ‘send a clear message to team owners: sign Kaepernick.'”
According to their report, marchers were given “shirts bearing the player’s image but featuring a giant afro on his head shaped like a militant black power fist.”
Here are the t-shirts that NAACP groups will be weaing at today’s Colin Kaepernick rally outside NFL headquarters in NYC pic.twitter.com/BKJugqGrxq
— Tim Rohan (@TimRohan) August 23, 2017
Crowd estimates indicate perhaps “up to 300 hundred” protesters attended the event.
Protesters rally outside NFL headquarters, demanding Kaepernick get signed pic.twitter.com/5CiUZNibpb
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 24, 2017
Signs at #ColinKaepernick Rally:
Black Lives Matter Scoreboard
Kaepernick = HERO
NFL = ZERO pic.twitter.com/U05BhTzGDn
— Coy Wire (@CoyWire) August 23, 2017
— act.tv (@actdottv) August 23, 2017
Linda Sarsour at Colin Kaepernick rally in NYC in front of NFL hq pic.twitter.com/VhdhiiQPbY
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) August 23, 2017
— Sam White (@samwhiteout) August 23, 2017
— Stephen Florival (@StephenFlorival) August 23, 2017
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