Group – Silver Tongues
When taking into consideration race relations in the United States among other topics of 4debate Education remains the one solution that must be capitalised on by activists seeking change. In order to combat racism as well as empowering individuals who may become victim to the practice it is paramount on the part of Celebrities and professional athletes to do more than donating and speaking on social issues but also participate in the learning process.
49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is following through on his activist promises by hosting a football camp which takes on the role of also education those who attend. The camp is a small step in the fight against oppression of Black people in the United States and it’s called “Know your rights”. The Camp received hundreds of Latino and Black children from impoverished areas while educating them on the rights they are entitled to as well as educating them on the nature of society and what plans are being made to fight systematic oppression faced by black people.
- You have the right to be free.
- You have the right to be healthy.
- You have the right to be brilliant.
- You have the right to be safe.
- You have the right be loved.
- You have the right to be courageous.
- You have the right to be alive.
- You have the right to be trusted.
- You have the right to be educated.
- You have the right to know your rights.
Influenced by the Black Panthers 10 point plan this list of rights is part of the things being used by Kaepernick and fellow organisers to inspire the next generation of youth. In order to inspire change you need to walk the walk and that what Colin seems to be trying to do organising at local levels with plans to expand this program nationally in communities all around the country.