Colin Kaepernick Did the Right Thing in Protesting Anthem Despite the Cost

August 27, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

This was Muhammad Ali in the 1970s, the man most of America recently celebrated as an angelic truth-teller, a necessary and historic part of the American story. He was speaking about professional athletes.
"They make a million dollars," he said. "They get 'em a Rolls Royce. They get 'em a nice home. They get 'em a white wife. 'Well, I made it. America's great.' And the rest of [African-Americans] catching hell, and he won't say nothing. But when one man of popularity can let the world know the problem, he might lose a few dollars himself telling the truth. He might lose his life.
"But he's helping millions. But if I kept my mouth shut just because I can make millions, then this ain't doin' nothing. So I just love the freedom and the flesh and blood of my people more so than I do the money."
See, Ali's message wasn't always neat and tidy. His legacy was complicated and brilliant. But that is why he was so important. He said things people needed to hear, even if they ...

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