Bigots and racists were both shaken and stirred everywhere hours ago when the performer Beyonce made a surprise appearance at the Sports Illustrated Sportsmen of the Year Show.
Her mission? To honour the athlete Colin Kaepernick with the Muhammed Ali Legacy award and condemn America’s disgusting relationship with racism.
Her speech below…
We’re still waiting for the world to catch up. It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America. So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.
Colin accepted the award with this speech…
I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” he said. “I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.
The heroic Kaepernick was blacklisted by the National Football League after he openly condemned systemic racism against black people by kneeling during the American national anthem.