If you have not had a conversation about Colin Kaepernick, Black Lives Matter, and the growing number of African Americans suffering at the hands of police all over the country then you have been living under a rock.
It is everywhere from the news to the sports page, the schools to the playgrounds. It is on the talk shows, the political shows and the sports shows. For example, Marshawn Lynch recently made an appearance on the Conan O'Brien show.
Richard Sherman today in his press conference refused to take questions, and did all of the talking:
"I think you have players that are trying to take a stand and trying to be aware of social issues and try to make a stand and increase peoples' awareness and put a spotlight on it, and they're being ignored. Whether they're taking a knee or whether they're locking arms, they're trying to bring people together and unite them for a cause. I think the last couple days, a couple more guys have gotten shot and killed in the middle of the street. More videos have come out of guys getting killed, and I think people are still missing the point. The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we're locking arms is to bring people together, to make people aware that this is not right. It's not right for people to get killed in the street."In Wisconsin, one of our own(Nigel Hayes), sat down at his computer, took to twitter, and patiently tried to educate his followers. Here are some highlights, but I highly recommend reading through Nigel;s whole twitter timeline.
Before we begin, Nigel assigned this article as homework before he starts his class.
According to the most recent census data, there are nearly 160 million more white people in America than there are black people. White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers. African Americans, however, account for 24 percent of those fatally shot and killed by the police despite being just 13 percent of the U.S. population. As The Post noted in a new analysis published last week, that means black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers.
U.S. police officers have shot and killed the exact same number of unarmed white people as they have unarmed black people: 50 each. But because the white population is approximately five times as great as the black population, that means unarmed black Americans were five times as likely as unarmed white Americans to be shot and killed by a police officer.
Now some highlights!
Mr. Hayes started here:
Racism towards black people isn't getting "worse", it's getting filmed and shared for all to see what actually goes on. #BlackLivesMatter— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 21, 2016
Once black lives ACTUALLY matter, then say that.— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 21, 2016
Loving my mom doesn't mean I hate yours.#BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/Xx03PaH7rM
No such thing as black on black crime...— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 22, 2016
I know that'll be hard to understand so stick around, I'll educate you. https://t.co/U6psbmIVd4
I know more about this topic than you. Trust me, I understand.— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 22, 2016
I'm trying to help you and your twitter pals see it https://t.co/ZJjkzC30hI
Just like the double meanings blacks have for— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 22, 2016
I'm not. Helping shed light.— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 22, 2016
You'd be amazed how many people are still ignorant to the issues. https://t.co/YkmykEw6AU
Correct. There you go. You finally get it.— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 22, 2016
Racist, no. https://t.co/WiOeibtyYg
You do know a higher percentage of whites use welfare and receive grants/aids for college than blacks?— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) September 22, 2016
Oh wait.. https://t.co/tXoYSpVe2p
While many in White America get upset when athletes speak up, we hear the standard line of "shut up and play". I think it is time that we start giving credit where it is due and instead of saying "shut up and play" we should be saying - "Stop playing for a minute and let us know your thoughts on _____"!