Has any San Diego athlete taken the knee for racial justice since?
October 4, 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 4, 2017
During summer 2016 pre-season games, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to sit during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and, in particular, the killing of African Americans by police officers.
On September 2, 2016, before the final preseason game in San Diego, Kaepernick met with Army Special Forces veteran (and former NFL player) Nate Boyer, who explained why sitting during the anthem was disturbing to some veterans. Following their conversation, Kaepernick and teammate Eric Reid chose to kneel before their game with the San Diego Chargers. Kaepernick was heartily booed by the San Diego crowd every time he took the field.
To our knowledge, no one in San Diego sports, at any level, has taken the knee since.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 6
4 – 5 PM
“Take a Knee for Racial Justice”
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, west parking lot
404 Euclid Street San Diego 92114
We’ve waited long enough. On Friday, San Diegans will gather outside the Jacobs Center to take the knee in solidarity with Kaepernick’s efforts to draw attention to racial injustice. Confirmed participants include leaders from the NAACP, BAPAC (Black Political Association of California), UAAMAC (United African American Ministerial Action Council) and the MLK Democratic Club. Confirmed 2018 candidates include Ken Marlbrough, Omar Passons and Lori Saldana (County Supervisor), Genevieve Jones-Wright (District Attorney), and Monica Montgomery (City Council). Dr. John E. Warren, publisher of the Voice and Viewpoint newspaper, will speak. The event is sponsored by Indivisible Watu, a progressive grassroots group.
All participants will stand in formation to spell the word JUSTICE for a drone photo, then take the knee. Dr. Warren will connect the legacy of civil rights icon Fannie Lou Hamer with Kaepernick, the NFL and the nonviolent struggle for racial justice today. The event directly precedes a gala celebration of the 100th birthday of Mrs. Hamer at the Jacobs Center.