An Open Letter to Colin Kaepernick

I read today that you didn’t vote in Tuesday’s election.¬†Well Colin, it’s good that Kamala Harris, a Black woman, was elected as one of California’s Senators in spite of you not voting. BTW, do you know who is your U.S. Representative? Do you know who any of your State representatives are? In case you didn’t know, that’s how you effectively exact change in America. I’m all for bringing attention to the issue, and I commend you on doing just such. I’m sure that it wasn’t easy for you. But when you have the chance to actually do something about it, by electing people that look like you and/or feel the same way about the issues that you do, then you take it. Now I understand that you didn’t care for either presidential candidate. You weren’t the only one. But there were other, equally as important offices to be decided.

I wish that there was some kind of magic wand which could be waved and oppression and the mistreatment of people of color would end. I live in Chicago, and nearly a week goes by, that I don’t hear about something happening #JoshuaBell. It’s been over 50 years since the Civil Rights Movement led to the signing of The Voting Rights Act, which prohibited racial discrimination in voting. Today when you go to the polls to vote, no one is trying to stop you from voting, which wasn’t the case in the 60s. I read that you said that you, “really didn’t pay too close of attention” to the election. Now isn’t the time for any of us not to pay attention. The nation, your supporters, the very people that you are protesting for, none of us can afford not to pay attention. This is the way to create change in our country. When you were being ridiculed, for a month I changed my Facebook profile to a picture of you, in support. I hope that I didn’t give you more respect than you deserve.