The Black Church, N.A.A.C.P., and National Urban League should be the loudest, most demonstrative voice in Colin Kaepernick’s being ostracize or blackball by the N.F.L. for taking a stance on the behalf of the social injustices of Black People. The N.F.L.’s reprehensible handling of this situation are deeply rooted in White Supremacy tactics to crucify Kaepernick’s career as a warning to all the other N.F.L.’s Slaves to turn a blind eye to the present atrocities that plagued the African American Community. These Black Civil Organizations should be the most empathetic and engaged presence in the controversial career lynching of a Black man who should be hailed as a modern day Rosa Parks.
What kind of message does this send to future generations of Black athletes and freedom fighters who might one day be moved to make the conscious choice to also stand instead of bending before the throne of White Supremacy? The Black Church should be the most concerned about the lousy state of Black masculinity in this country. And yet, crickets from the church. Where are the sermons of yesteryear about God’s unity in the community and black solidarity in the face of social injustice? Where are the tweets affirming boycotting the N.F.L.?
As a result, the multi-million dollar question is why Colin Kaepernick’s issues haven’t garnered the attention and support of the BLACK CHURCH, NATION OF ISLAM, N.A.A.C.P., URBAN LEAGUE, BLACK LIVES MATTER, and or ANY OF THE BLACK GRASS ROOT MOVEMENTS that received White Corporate Funding?
It’s primarily because all those groups or organizations are in the governments pockets that are in the bigger pockets of corporate institutions like the National football League. As I search through the annals of American History, I concluded that it was only one truly successful boycott that bought racist White Business Merchants to the table of compromise with those whom they deem to be intellectually and socially inferior. That monumental Pyrrhic Victory was known as, The Montgomery Bus Boycott Movement—this historical boycott nearly bankrupted White Business owners who underestimated the power of Black solidarity. As a result, a little known secret is White Merchants won a $1.2 million dollar judgement against the N.A.A.C.P. for boycotting a system that treated them as sub-human or second-class citizens although the Supreme Court decision was later overturned.
Subsequently, the lawsuit in my opinion taught the N.A.A.C.P. to stay in their place. More importantly, “The IRS has steadfastly maintained that any speech by 501c3 organizations that the IRS could construe as opposing the government, including sermons from the pulpit, can result in loss of tax exemption. This was enacted in 1954 to silence Black Ministers and Civil Rights Activist from rallying the people to protest and or boycotting.