The fight for racial equality

by Matt Rooney

Colin Kaepernick deserves a job. He’s a talented QB who led a team to the Super Bowl just four years ago. There are 50 QBs who have signed with teams since Colin became a free agent in 2016. This list includes : Mark Sanchez, David Fales, Alex Torgersen, Austin Davis, and Matt McGloin. Colin Kaepernick is twice the QB any of theses guys are. NFL owners need to wake up and give him the bag – it’ll improve their team.

Nike’s new ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick has sent shockwaves through America. It has become a highly debated topic, and has a meaningful yet clear message: do whatever it takes to fight for what you believe in, even if it means sacrificing it all.

As of now, Colin Kaepernick has one of the most powerful platforms in the country. He is the centerpiece of an advertising campaign for one of the most popular and wealthy corporations in the world, Nike. In a world where money equals power, Colin has what he wants: an audience.

In the first 19 hours, the campaign had already generated 43 million in media revenue. Everyone is talking about it, including polarizing figures such as Lebron James and Donald Trump.

The day the new Nike Campaign was released, Trump tweeted “What was Nike thinking”.  Yes, really! Next time you are on twitter, scroll through Donald’s Tweets  – – – I bet you will think it’s run by a five year old! I miss Obama…

Later, former Congressman Joe Walsh tweeted,

@Nike has every right to make the cop-hating, race- baiting, failed football player Colin Kaepernick the face of their #JustDoIt campaign. And we, as Americans, have the right to no longer do business with Nike. That’s freedom. That’s America.”

Mr. Walsh, before you call Colin Kaepernick those lies, you need to look in the mirror. People like you are what’s wrong with America. Racist. Ignorant. Outspoken. Colin actively fights for what he believes in, while you just talk shit on twitter. Thank god you’re out of office…

Anyways, back to sports. Between Athletes across the country , professional sports is a brotherhood. Countless athletes have had Nike and Colin Kaepernick’s back through all of this, with Lebron James tweeting “I stand with Nike”, and Serena Williams saying “I’m especially proud to be a part of the Nike family today”. Numerous other athletes have chimed in as well with support.

These athletes offer a great example of what we need to as a country. Come together and unite.

The fight against racial equality probably will never end, but this is a step in the right direction. I applaud you Colin, for sacrificing it all, and you too Nike for taking a risk and giving him a platform (I just hope this wasn’t all for the money).

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