More than Kaepernick — don’t shoot the messenger

GQ Lewis
1 min readSep 12, 2017

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I am (in all honesty) highly perplexed by the lack of gravity and carelessness some people have taken toward this year’s #2017NFLBoycott. In my eyes, it is the equivalent of saying racism doesn’t affect me so why should I protest? Cops don’t curtail my rights or shoot me, so why should I care? If my job ever finds out that I’m speaking my mind, I might get fired. That’s the attitude I see in many people who are indifferent to all the injustice going on. Your complacency allows racism, police brutality, and injustice to thrive.

I am (in many ways) very saddened for you — for your lack of empathy, your lack of courage, and your lack of urgency. This is much more than getting an elite athlete a job that he is very much more than qualified to do. You can be apathetic if you choose to (it is your right to do so), but by that time, injustice will have made a very unfortunate knock at your door to introduce himself. I must answer this call within me before it becomes personal — before I am overcome with anger, confusion, and despair.

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GQ Lewis

American-born socialist & advocate for mental health, human rights, and the poor. Influenced by Douglass, Malcolm, Baldwin, Stokely, and Hampton.