Harry Belafonte on Kaepernick Blacklist: “To Mute The Slave Is Always Been To The Best Interests Of The Slave Owner”
Legendary actor and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte offers strong, yet true words regarding the Colin Kaepernick x NFL blacklist.
With a protest against Roger Gooddell’s NFL on the way in New York, civil rights activist and legendary actor Harry Belafonte weighs in on a variety of topics, including Colin Kaepernick. Belafonte’s resume as a civil rights advocate is unparalleled. He sat with King, dined with Malcolm, and has done an immeasurable of events, engagements and the like in his attempt to stand against unpopular issues.
Sharing his thoughts with TVOne’s Roland Martin, Belafonte dispensed profound thoughts on Kaepernick’s symbolic gesture to sit during the National Anthem at football games. Reports have flown out of the NFL front office saying that Kaepernick’s protests were the reason why he was not signed to an NFL team after becoming a free agent. Belafonte’s response spoke volumes about how we’ve been feeling as a nation of people of color. “To mute the slave is always been to the best interests of the slave owner,” Mr. Belafonte told Martin.
“When a black voice is raised in protest to oppression, those who are comfortable with our oppression are the first to criticize us for daring to speak out against it.”
Kaepernick’s decision to stand against the oppression of black-and-brown people is said to be a “noble thing” by the prominent civil rights protestor. “I think that speaking out and making people aware of the fact that you are paying homage to an anthem that also has a constituency that by the millions suffer is a righteous thing to do. The fact that these people are having these ‘How dare you speak out against lynching?’ and all of the things that racism stands for or the conclusions to racist acts permit — I think is a statement about America.”
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