When Colin Kaepernick started his national anthem protest, a lot of folks agreed with his positions on police brutality and the unjust treatment of people of color in this country but weren’t sure how his protest would help. After months of protesting (or showing support of those who were), several athletes, including Kaepernick, have expressed the need to “take it to the next level”. Who better to up the ante than Colin himself.
I’m sure he could have had his “people” pull together a foundation or event which would take some time but Colin decided he wanted to the work himself. So, after 2 months of planning with a small group of friends and supporters, Colin hosted the first “Know Your Rights Camp” for youth in Oakland, California. The quarterback invited New York Daily News columnist Shaun King and his son to the first camp. The writer and quarterback have developed mutual admiration for each other through social media but met for the first time at the camp on October 29th. In a piece that he penned about the event, King included a few quotes from Kaep that provided some insight into his grassroots approach.
“I didn’t just want to hire someone to come in and do this. We did all of this ourselves. We even opted out of corporate sponsors because we just wanted the freedom to say exactly what we thought the kids we’ve brought here today need to hear and learn. I told myself that if I was going to do this type of work, that I was going to actually do it myself,” he said.
Complete with a 10 point plan, the camp endeavored to teach youth how to properly interact with law enforcement in different scenarios.
1. You have the right to be free.
5. You have the right be loved.
6. You have the right to be courageous.
9. You have the right to be educated.