In substance and style, Colin Kaepernick is the heir to Martin Luther King Jr. It was an elegant and eloquent gesture for him to take a knee during the national anthem in 2016, and thereafter, for social injustices against blacks.
It was at once a powerful and submissive pose, for there is nothing more humble than being on your knees essentially asking for mercy. After all, we get on our knees to pray.
But nooooo. A lot of white folks lost their wigs about this nonviolent, symbolic gesture. Kaepernick, a fine football player, lost his job, as the National Football League caved to political and public pressure.
Fast forward and the nation has come around to Colin Kaepernick, just as it swung earlier toward Martin Luther King Jr. Kaepernick never went away; he continued to take a knee and raise his voice on these issues. Today he is joined by elected officials, police, corporate America – even the NFL! – which suddenly has proclaimed its support of #BlackLivesMatter.
The NFL issued an apology over its treatment of players who supported Black Lives Matter because they cannot hold the line. Their position was untenable. Read the entire NFL statement by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in all of its disingenousness here.
Why? Because they realize, a little too late, that Kaepernick was right then and he is right today. COVID-19 has gut-punched black America in the number of fatalities, overall health and financial status; social injustice completes the circle. Black America will emerge from COVID-19 a lot poorer. Most will never recover. That goes for many Latinos, too.
So take a knee, America. It’s OK to humble yourselves before God and for the future of this diverse and dynamic country.
˜˜María T. Padilla, Editor
Originally posted to Facebook June 5, 2020.