Colin Kaepernick Teaches Youth to Know Their Rights
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is putting his time and money where his mouth is when it comes to his racial injustice activism.
The athlete has created the Know Your Rights Camp for youth as a way to “raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios,” according to the camp’s website.
Colin’s camp was inspired by the Black Panther Party and their 10 point plan, so he created his own plan for the campers, focusing on the 10 basic rights each child has and should know.
1. You have the right to be free.
2. You have the right to be healthy.
3. You have the right to be brilliant.
4. You have the right to be safe.
5. You have the right to be loved.
6. You have the right to be courageous.
7. You have the right to be alive.
8. You have the right to be trusted.
9. You have the right to be educated.
10. You have the right to know your rights.
The camp’s first session was held in Oakland, CA and was attended by hundreds of black and Latino children. “We’re here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We’re here to give you tools to help you succeed,” Kaepernick told the campers, according to a NY Daily News article by activist Shaun King, who attended the camp with his son. “We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”
There were breakout sessions teaching the youth life skills-including health, financial literacy, and police interaction- swag bags and before they left, all were given DNA kits so that they could trace their ancestry at no cost to them.
Colin hopes to be able to replicate what he did in Oakland so that kids from all around the country can have the chance to attend a Know Your Rights Camp near them. “This is just the beginning man. What we’ve done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth, and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them,” he told the Daily News.
Photo Credit: Know Your Rights Camp Official Site