Colin Kaepernick Schools Oakland Kiddies On Their Rights At The Day Camp He Created
NFL baller Colin Kaepernickdoesn’t just TALK about it. He IS about it. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback hosted a "Know Your Rights Camp" in Oakland Saturday with over 100 kids in attendance. The day camp included sessions that covered a range of topics like how to interact with the police, college prep, financial success, nutrition and more.
The baller put it all together himself with the help of a few friends, and did so on his bye week.
Yes, Colin has been thrown in the spotlight for his silent protest of the National Anthem in an effort to raise awareness to racial and social injustices. But, this wasn’t a “media” event, per se. He also turned down corporate sponsors because he didn't want the message to get skewed.
According to writer Shaun King of the NY Times, Colin and his friends have been working behind-the-scenes planning this camp for the Oakland kiddies. And he wanted it kept quiet until after camp.
“Please don’t say anything about it online,” Colin told Shaun. “I’m not doing this for the press and I don’t want it to become a media event so that the kids and the families can feel like this is just for them.”
Colin and friends shared the popular 10-point plan, inspired by the Black Panther Party, that each child has the right to know. The 10 rights were written on the back of the t-shirts given. They are:
1. You have the right to be free.
2. You have the right to be healthy.
3. You have the right to be brilliant.
4. You have the right to be safe.
5. You have the right to be loved.
6. You have the right to be courageous.
7. You have the right to be alive.
8. You have the right to be trusted.
9. You have the right to be educated.
10. You have the right to know your rights.
"We want to teach you today about financial literacy, how you can pursue higher education, how you can be physically fit and healthy," said Colin. "We will talk about police brutality, and what to do about it, but we also have lawyers, professors, health and fitness experts, because we want you to be able to live the life of your dreams."
Colin hopes to bring more camps just like this across the nation to school the kiddies on their rights and how to live productive lives. He told the campers,
"This is just the beginning man. What we've done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth, and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them."