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Lee writes: "People, let's get the story straight. I fully support my brother Kap - 100 percent."

Director Spike Lee with NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (photo: Spike Lee's Facebook Page)
Director Spike Lee with NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick. (photo: Spike Lee's Facebook Page)

ALSO SEE: Spike Lee Announces Rally for
Colin Kaepernick at NFL Headquarters

I Fully Support My Brother Colin Kaepernick

By Spike Lee, Spike Lee's Facebook Page

09 August 17


eople Let's Get The Story Straight. I Fully Support My Brother KAP 100 Percent. I However Find His Situation Very Suspect. How Is It Possible That All 32 Teams In The NFL (NO FREEDOM LEAGUE) Can't Or Won't Find A Spot For Number 7 On Their Rosters With His Proven Talent? Do Some Research And Peruse The Current Rosters Of All 32 NFL Teams And Check Out Who Are Their 2nd And 3rd String Quarterbacks (And There Are Teams That He Could Be The Starting QB) . After Doing That, Scratch And Shake Ya Head. Now About This Rally, I First Heard About The United We Stand Rally This Morning. I Did Not Organize It, This Is Not My Brainchild. I Don't Know Who Started This, But It Wasn't Me. The Fact Is I Can't Even Make It To The Rally. I Have A Shoot The Very Same Day Which Was Planned 2 Weeks Ago That I CAN NOT Reschedule. Nonetheless I Will Be There In Spirit And Solidarity. I Truly Hope And Pray That 1 Courageous Owner And General Manager Will Step Up And DO THE RIGHT THING. Kap Needs To Be In Uniform In The NFL For The 2017-18 Season. Onward And Upward, Spike Lee. YA DIG - SHO-NUFF?

And Dats Da "COLLUSION" TRUTH, RUTH your social media marketing partner


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+21 # Thomas Martin 2017-08-09 22:16
I'm not a fanatic, but I watch football. Actually, I spend more time watching and reading about human rights issues. I can boycott watching NFL football forever, but cannot give up focusing on human rights!!!
+26 # ericlane 2017-08-10 02:44
I support Colin Kaepernick as well. I think the NFL team that hires him will get a tremendous amount of support from football fans. Kaepernick is standing up for human decency.
-33 # joejamchicago 2017-08-10 04:03
Why is a cheap stunt considered an act of bravery? As Americans, we have little that binds us together. To disrespect the flag or our national anthem is to disrepect the values they represent. Mr. Kaepernick's protest is a paradox, self-contradict ory. Mr. Lee believes that it would be the "right thing" for a "courageous" owner and general manager to hire Mr. Kaepernick. Just as Mr. Kaepernick has the right, in this country, to kneel while the national anthem is being played, so owners and general managers have the right to refuse to hire him. Whether or not we agree with their decisions, Mr. Kaepernick and owners and general managers may do as they choose, no doubt with their eyes wide open. Actions have consequences.
-16 # skylinefirepest 2017-08-10 09:46
Joejam, you're correct. The right to be dis-respectful to the country is his Constitutional right BUT he is working for a salary and as such should not do anything to look badly on his employer. I respect his right but if he is working for me and pulls that crap then I fire him also. And he's an adult, supposedly, so it's his decision to be hired or fired.
+4 # EternalTruth 2017-08-11 23:19
Disrespectful to the country? Disrespectful to flag and national anthem? Are you fucking kidding me? A nation founded on slavery and white power, where racism persists rampantly, and you expect black people, or any person with a shred of empathy or decency, to bow down to the flag and anthem of that nation? That's sick.
At every sporting event I go to (from child to profess), they play that stupid song, and it disturbs me to my core the way virtually everyone stands up, removes their hats and salutes(hand on heart) a history of oppression and violence. It's like a cult. Talk about brainwashing. And yet skyline and joejam call it a cheap disrespectful stunt. If you actually gave a damn about the better values supposedly represented by the flag (freedom, human rights, democracy), you'd have Kap's back and would be loudly decrying anyone who didn't. But you're more concerned about respect for a soiled cloth, a song, and white oligarchs.
+3 # librarian1984 2017-08-12 09:18
Beautifully said, ET. Thank you.
0 # librarian1984 2017-08-12 09:53
Have you watched Neil Gaiman's American Gods? I'm as lost as I was in the book but I can still enjoy it. The wonderful Ian McShane is the king of ancient gods, gathering his tired bitter crew, readying to battle the younger gods such as television (Gillian Anderson! They HAVE to get Lucy Lawless! I MUST see them together!) and the internets.

I love allegory. The Internet god is, fittingly, an amoral arrogant prick. But it DOES bring US together. We are not alone. The likes of which the world has never seen :^D

There IS a new sensibility -- but our old world is not without merit. I would like to be the generation that learns to talk to the young, that manages to give them our hard-won wisdom without being arseholes about it. Surely we can manage that. We may not be the greatest generation but I'd settle for accomplishing that.

I don't remember who used the metaphor of tiny lights shining in the darkness, clearer to the eye for the profound darkness surrounding them, but it offers, as you do, a necessary inspiration.

I have to say I'm finding this a bit of a slog lately, with the delays and the HRC trolls, but it's posts like yours that make it worthwhile. Thank you for your honesty and clarity. We all need to remember what the real fight is, more fundamental than symbols or even leaders. Are we American citizens ready to take on the machine?

(Just in case this one doesn't make it, I've sent you a vanilla thank you as well :-)
0 # EternalTruth 2017-08-13 19:55
Thanks, lib. I'll check out American Gods. Sounds interesting.
Btw, you're one of the best reasons for reading rsn these days
-3 # skylinefirepest 2017-08-12 20:04 are the one that's kidding. This country protects your right to be whatever you want and there is no place on the planet which has done more for their fellow man and freedom. If not, you would be speaking Japanese or German right now. We have spent our national fortune in capital and lives to assure that other countries were free from the shackles of Hitler and his like. Sorry if you don't like it but people have died for your right and Kap's right to be freaking idiots!
-1 # EternalTruth 2017-08-13 16:19
"there is no place on the planet which has done more for their fellow man and freedom"

You seriously need to quit watching Fox "news". Read a real history book. Educate yourself about your country's efforts for our fellow men and freedom. Try Howard Zinn's "A People's History if the United States" for starters. Ask any South or Central American country about US promotion of freedom. Ask Haitians, Vietnamese, Indonesians, Yemeni, Native Americans, etc. about US promotion of freedom. Ignorance is an easily curable disease if you have the will to cure it.
-1 # librarian1984 2017-08-13 21:43
You're like Nancy Pelosi, constantly bringing up the glory days of decades ago.

If you're still coasting on WW2, that's sad. A lot has happened since then, and a lot of the bad things happening in the world are because of OUR neocons and OUR neoliberals. Lots of people are dead because of us. WE brought on the 2008 financial crisis. OUR wars started Europe's refugee crisis. OUR bombs are dropping on the Yemenis. And Afghanis. And in the hands of ISIS. WE are the ones ratcheting up tensions with Russia. OUR sanctions are going to hurt our EU allies.

Are you living in a time capsule? Do you think we still have the world's best schools? highways? manufacturing? economy? health care?

In international polls the US is considered by many to be the world's biggest problem.

And your statement about our wonderful rights is laughable. The surveillance we undergo is comparable to East Berlin's Stasi. Obama took away habeus corpus. The Patriot Acts 1 and 2 have stripped away many of our constitutional rights. The Voting Rights Act was gutted. Our elections are rigged. We get boxed off in free speech 'zones'. But you still think the US is the beacon of freedom?

And according to your odd interpretation, 'freedom' seems to be the obligation to shut up and tow the party line? What you say doesn't even make sense.
0 # skylinefirepest 2017-08-19 20:48
"Founded on slavery"?? I'd say this country has more going for it than you seem to think. Kap makes millions for playing a child's game...and you think he's not privileged? Really? Just what the hell has he got to holler about? That he was raised by white folks who gave him a loving home and raised him as their own? And then he wants to whine about a flag that men and women have sacrificed for so that he can have the privileges that he has. Are you freaking kidding me??
+14 # chrisconno 2017-08-10 09:58
"Actions have consequences" applies to racism too. Kaepernick is doing a brave thing by standing against racism where ever its slimy mentality lurks. Being black in any capacity in this country is dangerous and has been for hundreds of year. The racists are the ones who are disrespecting the anthem and the flag by spreading hate and by supporting killing people for no reason but their skin color. It seems you are suggesting that racism has the right to be criminal, cruel and vicious to whomever they please because this here is america?
-8 # skylinefirepest 2017-08-10 16:15
As concerns your statement about "It seems you are suggesting that racism...". I'm suggesting no such thing if you'll be so kind as to read what I said. If you are working for me I expect certain standards to be followed in terms of dress, conduct, etc. He didn't follow the standards of employment.
-1 # librarian1984 2017-08-12 10:25
Another way to look at it is to say an employer doesn't always have the right to tell you how to act. Can they also tell him what he's allowed to say to fans, his friends, his family? Can they tell him what to think, what to believe?

When money is speech, news is propaganda and corporations are people, where is the line and who draws it?

Kaepernik is an employee .. not a slave. Does his contract specifically dictate his pre-game behavior? Does democracy end at the corporate threshold? Because it's difficult to know the history of this song then stand in respect for it, yeah?

What if we forced YOU, every day before work, to recite an ode to the man who'd kill your grandfather. Would YOU be brave enough not to?

Which behavior is more 'American'?

We say we want citizens to be informed. It sounds like Kaepernick knows what he's talking about. And this is what happens when citizens become informed. They question policy. They question dogma. They question tradition. They question authority. Which is very inconvenient for the inept morans who've hijacked our country. That's why they've decimated our schools.

When I see someone like this I admire him. It's not easy (not) to stand when it affects your career, your relationships, your support. And he's absolutely 100% right --- as people in fifty years will agree.

And if the NFL and fans choose to take a stand against players' behavior, why is this more offensive than wifebeaters?
0 # EternalTruth 2017-08-12 18:04
"And if the NFL and fans choose to take a stand against players' behavior, why is this more offensive than wifebeaters?"

And there it is, in one simple question. Proof positive that the owners are completely full of shit. They don't give a damn about the behavior or morality of their players. They only care about their paychecks and preserving a status quo which allows them to dominate the world around them.
+17 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2017-08-10 12:59
@ # joejamchicago - Part I
“Why is a cheap stunt considered an act of bravery?”
If you are so sure that your position is valid, why resort to a “loaded” phrase? “cheap stunt”? That characterizatio n denigrates Kaepernick’s action without offering any evidence of its truth. A cheap stunt is an easy to pull off (cheap) act that is primarily intended to gain positive attention. While kneeling was easy enough, your presumption that Kaepernick’s intention was to garner positive attention is illogical since whenever anyone goes against the flow, as his actions certainly did, the most likely “attention” that person will get is negative. Thus it is far more logical to assume Kap knew he’d get shit from the NFL for kneeling than that he’d be praised.

“To disrespect the flag or our national anthem is to disrepect [sic] the values they represent.”
That is one way to look at this and only your opinion. Another way is to see refusal to stand as a protest against the hypocrisy of those who pretend to “love” America and our values while practicing subtle and not so subtle racial discrimination.
+7 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2017-08-10 13:01
@ # joejamchicago - Part II
“Just as Mr. Kaepernick has the right, in this country, to kneel while the national anthem is being played, so owners and general managers have the right to refuse to hire him.” Yes and no. In our daily lives, we can refuse to have any dealings with people with whom we disagree. However, a business is restricted in that respect. In most states and under virtually all labor contracts, larger businesses may not legally fire an employee nor discriminate against a prospective employee JUST because that person has expressed political views with which the business owners and/or executives disagree.

The fact that there IS a widespread campaign to smear Kaepernick’s ability as a quarterback when his stats are exactly as Lee said, better than numerous quarterbacks currently on NFL rosters, shows that the NFL’s blackballing him is NOT based on his ability.
+13 # 2017-08-10 07:14
It is not Kolin Kaepernick who has disrespected the flag or national anthem and the values they represent, when the values they currently represent seem to be a throwback to pre-civil rights days.
Until there is respect, and fair and equal treatment for all citizens in this country, then we all reserve the right under the first amendment to speak out, to protest in whatever way we can.
+10 # noramorse 2017-08-10 07:49
Periodically the true colors of the NFL owners emerges. Actually, it is the true color. White. 50 years ago some Viet Nam protesters refused to stand for the anthem, and that was surprising, but this form of protest is pretty mild and honorable now. Seeing the NFL owners stand blackball CK is ttntamount to standing behind senseless murders of the same age black men who make them millions is hypocrisy of the highest order. I would ask every man who can to retire as soon as they are able Owners never get progressive neurological dysfunction and their gladiators are fungible. Time for the best athletes to return to baseball. Football is a terrible game run by terrible people.
+13 # ericlane 2017-08-10 09:19
joejam, patriotism is the last vestige of the scoundrel. The argument you are making is that the employer has the right to dictate what his or her employees political views should be. I disagree completely. Kaepernick was making a political statement. I agree with what he is saying. I also think the majority of Americans would agree with me. I sincerely doubt anyone would stay away from a football game because Kaepernick was playing. In fact, I think there would be more turnout either to support or boo him. But no one will stay away. The owners are making a political statement saying that if you don't think as they do, you will be ostracized. We fans have little we can do. It has nothing to do with football.
-5 # skylinefirepest 2017-08-10 16:11
Eric, we said no such thing. What I said was that his first amendment right to be anti-American is not valid on the football field where his employer is paying him to play football, not make statements about his social dis-satisfactio n! He is old enough to have known about picking the time and place. It has absolutely nothing to do with his freedom of speech and the employer was NOT dictating what his political views should be.
+3 # David Starr 2017-08-11 09:36
@skylinefirepes t: Just because he conducts a protest doesn't mean he's anti-American, anthem or no anthem. He's making an important gesture against racism that many U.S. citizens would care to ignore. Instead, they condemn him for the act.

Kaepernick is bucking a powerful status quo, NFL owners included. That takes balls. I would actually say that those NFL owners who reject him for his act are being discriminatory. They should view him based on his talents as an NFL quarterback.

Opposition to racism isn't an easy thing for blacks to protest. All the while, there are whites who sit on the sidelines making ivory tower judgements, precisely ignoring the root causes of why Kaepernick would take such a stand. Doing it, e.g., during the National Anthem has brought attention to the issue nationwide.

It isn't easy to buck a powerful status quo.
-1 # kgrad 2017-08-12 14:33
" first amendment right to be anti-American is not valid on the football field where his employer is paying him to play football, not make statements about his social dis-satisfactio n! He is old enough to have known about picking the time and place. It has absolutely nothing to do with his freedom of speech and the employer was NOT dictating what his political views should be.

"first amendment right to be anti-American" Please say more about this.
+1 # joejamchicago 2017-08-10 22:05
If every white person who decries racism would move into an outer city neighborhood where black folk without money are confined (it is no longer politically correct to call them "ghettoes"), the nation could go a long way towards solving its legacy of racism, discrimination, and entrenched bigotry. I recommend THE NEW JIM CROW and THE COLOR OF LAW. Most white folk who lament racism do so from the safety of affluent places, overwhelming white with blacks who have money now permitted to rub shoulders. The intensity of affection for blacks is in inverse proportion to proximity. It makes those who willingly benefit from the racist system feel good to shout and protest as they do so from the sidelines. Meanwhile millions of our fellow Americans struggle to avoid starvation and homelessness--t o survive.
Mr. Kepernick may make symbolic gestures all he wants and his breathless supporters may pat themselves on their superior backs all they want: what does their doing so accomplish in the real world?
0 # librarian1984 2017-08-12 10:44
What an ignorant statement. I've lived in cities all my life and treasured raising my kids in a place where they go to school and we ride the bus with Greeks, Syrians, blacks, Italians, gays, Jews, Chinese, Vietnamese, Hispanic, straight, trans et al. It's a big beautiful melting pot, the most wonderful thing about US, and I love it. And, as you so amply prove, there are jerks in every demographic -- and there are terrific people too.

I recently visited the Intrepid in NYC and was delighted to see an Arab family sitting in the cafeteria next to orthodox Jews. This is America, not an exclusionary enclave with freaking serfs. Our entire purpose is to transcend the bs you want to perpetuate.

I've gone to events populated by suburban white women of a certain age and income, and they act as if they're on safari when they visit the city, giggling about how brave they are. Grow up.

You people are dinosaurs. Get out and about once in a while. Try the 21st century. It's great. Or should we just send you a postcard?

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