With the Super Bowl, many are looking back over the season. And of course, one of the most notable takeaways of the NFL season has been the anthem protests. The man who started them last year, Colin Kaepernick, is no longer playing in the NFL, after not getting hired as a free agent. But guess what he’s doing? He’s raising money for an organization that honors a cop killer.
From Washington Times:
Colin Kaepernick said Friday he has raised $20,000 for Assata’s Daughters, named after convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur, through matching donations from his celebrity friends as part of his Million Dollar Pledge.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback announced that comedian Hannibal Buress and actress Yara Shahidi would both donate $10,000 to Assata’s Daughters, which says it “carries on the tradition of radical liberatory activism encompassed by Assata Shakur.”
The pledges were linked to a previous donation made by Mr. Kaepernick, who announced in April he would give $25,000 to the Chicago-based group as part of his campaign to give $1 million to organizations “working in oppressed communities.”
Ms. Shahidi, star of the ABC-TV comedy “Black-ish” and the spin-off “Young-ish,” thanked Mr. Kaepernick for giving her the idea.
“I decided to donate to Assata’s Daughters, which is an amazing organization based out of Chicago,” said Ms. Shahidi in a video posted on Mr. Kaepernick’s Twitter feed. “And I just have to say thank you to Colin for such an amazing idea, but also in engaging all of us and helping to contribute to our world.”
What does the “amazing organization” Assata’s Daughters, do besides honor the name of a cop killer?
A “direct action” advocacy group, Assata’s Daughters drew its name from Assata Shakur, formerly Joanne Chesimard, a Black Liberation Army member convicted in the 1977 shooting death of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster.
After escaping from prison in 1979, she fled to Cuba and was granted asylum. The FBI has placed her on its “most wanted terrorists” list.
She was part of the violent radical Communist group, the Black Liberation Army, that did radical actions against the United States in the 60s and 70s.
“The BLA was responsible for the murders of more than 10 police officers around the country,” said the ODMP website. “They were also responsible for violent attacks around the country that left many police officers wounded.”
Assata’s Daughters, which identifies itself as an arm of Black Lives Matter, has called for shutting down police departments and prisons.
“In our direct action organizing, we bring Chicagoans together to address the many injustices in our city and the world,” said the group on its website. “We organize for abolition: of the police, prisons, and all other forms of anti-blackness. Collectively, we work to build up alternative institutions and the means for self-determination.”
Mr. Kaepernick wrapped up his Million Dollar Pledge last week after announcing he would donate a final $100,000 in $10,000 increments to 10 different organizations, all of which were matched by celebrity friends and supporters, including Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Nick Cannon, Meek Mill and Usher.
Some people support the protest movement believing that it’s about fighting injustice or helping black people.
Far from it as this shows. It’s all about radical activism, that’s why they consider themselves the ‘daughters’ of Assata. That’s why they chant her slogans at their events and protests.
That’s what the kneeling was and is about, that’s what motivates Kaepernick.
And people should denounce him and his actions.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]