Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing struggle with the NFL has continued for months, the 29 year old quarterback has yet to be signed since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers back in March.
In addition to professional football, Kaepernick gained national attention when he refused to stand for the National Anthem as a protest against the mistreatment of black and brown people in the United States. He has be vilified by conservative groups and seemingly blacklisted by the NFL.
This week, former NFL linebacker, Ray Lewis took to social media, chastising Kaepernick for being so outspoken in favor of human rights, saying that Colin should keep his activism private, which sort of defeats the purpose of a protest, but ok.
brotherhood – we are in this together pic.twitter.com/Q3HpPA0uqr
— Ray Lewis (@raylewis) August 1, 2017
Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab took to social media to fire back at Lewis by posting this meme:
— NESSA (@nessnitty) August 3, 2017
The meme compares Lewis to the House Servant in Django Unchained– who many construe as a trader in the film because he supported the abusive and racist slave owner. Its safe to say that MANY people did not like this comparison. Attacking Diab’s looks:
Hey look everybody it’s Colin kaepernick ugly ass girlfriend Emo shit girlfriend she gona call Ravens slaves and shit . u don’t belong here pic.twitter.com/fNCQwlOnvL
— zack taylor (@zacharytaylor28) August 3, 2017
And challenging Kaepernick’s protest, even though Kaepernick is not protesting his own personal oppression, but that of millions of others systemically.
In case you forgot here is a picture of Colin Kaepernick being oppressed… in this awful country… https://t.co/gVqBsRTuI6
— Matthew Whiz Buckley (@WhizCheck6) August 2, 2017
Kaepernick is using his own privilege to take a stand and has stated early on in his protest that “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
It is also important to mention that even though Kaepernick is currently a free agent (read UNEMPLOYED) that hasn’t stopped him from fulfilling his promise of donating $1 Million dollars to charities of his choosing, including the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic at Standing Rock, Appetite for Change, and SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation).
Despite of what people think of Nessa’s tweet, we’re humbled by the generosity of Kaepernick in the midst of this controversy.