On Wednesday afternoon, civil rights organizers in Atlanta held the ‘Untied We Stand Rally’, to stand in solidarity with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is ostensibly being “white balled” from the National Football League.
The rally was kicked off Downtown in front of the College Football Hall of Fame on Marietta street. Rally organizers and peaceful protestors gathered as one and spoke on police brutality and social injustice while providing alternatives that will influence change.
“No person should be prohibited or made not able to work because of their standing up for what they believe is right,” said state Senator and Atlanta mayoral candidate, Vincent Fort.
Fort attended the rally to be in unison with the people and stand behind Kaepernick adding, “He is showing people, black and white, that they can stand up for what they believe in.”
Following a brief appearance at the College Football Hall of Fame, demonstrators headed to the yard at historic Morris Brown’s campus. Crowds of people all ages, races, and genders assembled and listened as the directors from the National Action Network spoke spiritedly about racial discrimination, civil rights, and standing behind Colin Kaepernick in hopes for his employement in the NFL.
National Youth Director Mary Pat-Hector and activist Marcus Coleman of the National Action Network played a pivotal part in organizing the rally.
“He just ain’t talking that mess, he’s out here hitting these streets,” said Coleman adding, “Kaepernick has started a movement.”
Multiple players in the NFL, white and black, have protested during the singing of the National Anthem after Kaepernick’s protest last season and throughout this years preseason.
Spike Lee and others gathered at the NFL headquarters in New York City Wednesday afternoon in hopes to urge NFL teams to sign the free-agent quarterback.
Midway through the preseason, Kaepernick has yet to be interviewed for a job. Only time will tell if he will get another opportunity to play in the NFL.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio