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Harry Belafonte Says The NFL Wants To Mute Kaepernick Like Slave Owners Muted Slaves
Harry Belafonte is a world renowned songwriter, actor, and social activist, who also fought for the rights of African Americans.
So it was fitting that the timeless legend give his opinion on the state of the NFL and how the league is treating Colin Kaepernick by blackballing him out of the league.
Belafonte recently had a sit-down interview with NewsOne and explained how the NFL is trying to silence the former San Francisco 49ers QB, just like slave owners used to silence their slaves.
“Mr. Belafonte told Martin, “To mute the slave is always been to the best interests of the slave owner.
“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.”
Belafonte, who played a prominent role in the Civil Rights Movement, called Kaepernick’s decision to stand against the oppression of African-Americans a “noble thing.”
He continued, “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 civil rights icon added, “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.”
For having brought this attention to the plight of African-Americans who suffer at the hands of heavy-handed policing, which in many instances end in the deaths of Black men and women, Mr. Belafonte called Kaepernick “a noble and courageous man.”