Colin Kaepernick Just Started a Black Panther-Inspired Youth Camp to Teach Kids to Fight Oppression

“We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”
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    Oakland, CA — After earning both soaring praise and burning ire for sitting out the national anthem, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has turned his protest against police brutality into a positive force for change — by opening an education-based camp to empower kids.

    Kaepernick, in other words, wants to teach young people how to be the change — to educate themselves and stay healthy and safe.

    On Saturday, Kaepernick hosted a free youth camp called Know Your Rights — a “free campaign for youth to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios,” the website explains.


    Hundreds of black and Latino children attended the camp, which took place in Oakland, according to the New York Daily News, and the quarterback now plans to expand the program beyond the Bay area.

    “We’re here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We’re here to give you tools to help you succeed,” Kaepernick told attendees, the Daily News reported. “We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”

    With relations between police departments and civilians more tense than ever — and an epidemic of police brutality still growing — the camp aims to instill knowledge-based confidence in kids who might otherwise distrust uniformed officers, who often aren’t members of the communities they patrol.

    According to the Know Your Rights Camp site, the program’s goal is to “help build a stronger generation of people that will create the change that is much needed in this world.”

    Controversy raged over Kaepernick’s bold choice not to stand during the national anthem, as many misunderstood his quiet police brutality protest as a publicity stunt — but details about his plans for the camp evidence quite the contrary.

    “Please don’t say anything about it online,” Kaepernick told Daily News reporter Shaun King a few days before Know Your Rights opened. “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.”

    Modeled after the original Black Panthers’ 10-point plan, the camp taught kids they have the fundamental rights to be free, safe, educated, courageous, loved, and more.

    “It’s exciting for me because I see a lot of hope, I see a lot of what is to come,” Kaepernick told The Undefeated. “And if you look at a lot of movements in past history, it started at a youth level and has built. And that’s really where change is created, is when youth come up and they’re built in that culture of, ‘I know what this means, I know why this is happening and I also know how to help create change now.’”

    According to The Undefeated, kids from all over the San Francisco Bay area attended the camp — including a number of homeless children living in a halfway house — and heard speakers discuss organic nutrition, holistic healing, financial knowledge, higher education, the history of policing, and more.

    Not a single workshop discussed sports.

    Kaepernick also told the youth how he’d recently traced his roots to Ghana and Nigeria — provided kits to trace their ancestry, free of charge.

    Further, the athlete didn’t stop with organizing and funding the camp — and making a simple cameo appearance — he interacted with as many of the attendees as he could, visiting the smaller breakout focus sessions as the day progressed.

    “What we’ve done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country,” Kaepernick told the Daily News, “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.”

    And as Kaepernick told The Undefeated on goals for expanding the camp across the country, “This might not be something where I personally can create the change that this system needs. But together we can build this and help organize and create the change that we need.”

    This article is free and open source originally appearing on The Free Thought Project. 

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      • John

        While I do not condone and or support the militarization of our state and local police departments, I also do not condone or support what Colin Kaepernick has done and is doing. He should be fired from his job.

        • artemis6

          Then you are also against sunday school.

          • John

            REALLY! Where did you come up with that piece of wisdom? You are way out of bounds. FYI – I have taught Sunday school. Many claim to be followers of Christ, but are not. You and Chet are evidence that we are in the “End of Times.”

        • Chet

          Does it hurt to be so stupid? In the story it describes this program – “..speakers discuss organic nutrition, holistic healing, financial knowledge, higher education, the history of policing, and more.” People like you scare me and cause me to fear for my children’s future.

          • John

            WOW! What is your fear? You sound like a snowflake. You should fear Kaepernick for he now has children in schools following in his beliefs. What he is doing undermines the foundation of our nation and tears apart the fabric of our society. Your ignorance of the situation of our nation and society is glaring. As a parent, it is you who frightening! I fear for my grand child. But, I rely on the Lord God Almighty to keep me strong and knowledgable. For knowledge comes by the word of God.

        • Emiliano Zapata

          He’s paid to play. This is what he does with that and is OK by me.

          I’ll tell you why: Abuse of authority is a serious problem all over the world and must be addressed. Poli9ce are NOT above the law and must be held accountable.

          THAT is exactly what Colin is doing and that’s why he has my support.

          • alm3texas

            Trouble here is that it is not Colin’s authority to go out and police the police. Most police are decent hard working people making say, $35,000 a year. Colin, join the Police and work from the inside out if you find everything they do so offensive.
            And by the way, the growth, police state, and treatment of civilians grew much worse on purpose under Obama, as planned by the elite destroyers in their efforts to get the citizens fighting against each other-it’s worked perfectly. Colin K. You are after the wrong people, dude.

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      • Bob Beal

        Police popularity surges.

        This could be analogous to unpopular presidents’ ratings skyrocketing when they “declare” war — us-against-them fear, scapegoating, groupthink.

        Read more:

        • tapatio

          You might consider that the you linked article was based on a Gallup Poll. After George Gallup’s death, his organization was sold to Jewish owned Selection Research, Incorporated (SRI),, which still owns Gallup and is very closely associated with AIPAC.

        • TecumsehUnfaced

          Is this how police get popular?

          “Do Not Resist”: Police Militarization Documentary Everyone Should See
          By Ryan Devereaux, October 15th, 2016

          Inside, they found a terrified family of four, including an infant. As the family members were pulled outside, Atkinson’s camera captured a scene that plays out with startling regularity in cities and towns across the country, one of many included in his new documentary, “Do Not Resist,” an examination of police militarization in the United States.

          The police begin rooting through the trash. “Where the fvck is the weed?” one officer asks, as the team ransacks a car parked in the driveway. “Boy that was sweet,” another says, commenting on the speed of the raid. One officer finds a backpack, which yields a bit of marijuana — it’s not enough to roll a joint, but it’s something.

          The officer in charge questions the owner of the backpack, a young African-American man. In a conversation captured on Atkinson’s microphone, the young man, a local community college student, tells the officer he runs a small landscaping business.

          Knowing he’s being taken into custody, with his hands cuffed in front of him, he asks the officer for a favor: Can he remove the $876 in his pocket set aside for new lawn-care equipment and give it to one of his employees to go to the hardware store?

          Instead of handing the cash to the arrestee’s co-worker, the tactical team seizes the money.

          • alm3texas

            Drugs should be legalized and those that partake can figure their own way out of being dopey. Then scenes like this will go away. Also civil asset forfeiture will disappear as they won’t have had the drug arrests in the first place that brought them into the house. Currently much of that is against the law and if you break it, this is the result. Instead of being pissed at the police, either get Congress to legalize drugs or move to a state where marijuana has become legal.
            The US uses it’s drug business to fund it’s hidden black ops business all over the world with clueless citizens falling right into their DRUG TRADING TRAP.

          • alm3texas

            This is the Obama Admin. at work, developed predictably over 8 years.

        • alm3texas

          Us against them-that clearly became Obama’s mantra while 1/2 the country stayed clueless. We see the result now of that 8 year planned division since Nov. 8, 2016. Riots riots riots-for fear someone might encourage someone to get a job.

          • Bob Beal

            Huh? Do you have any idea of how many applicants there are for any good job? Do you have any idea how many jobs most people have worked, either serially or at the same time? Have you heard of outsourcing, automation, race to the bottom on wages/conditions? You’re worse than a knee-jerk reactionary — you’re just respouting racist-inspired corporate-state dogma. I don’t want to live in your toxic bubble.

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