Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback-turned-civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick has announced that he’s donating $100,000 for pandemic relief in minority communities because he believes African Americans and other groups are being placed at greater risk due to systemic xenophobia.’Black and brown communities are being disproportionately sad by COV-19 because of hundreds of years of structural xenophobia,’ Kaepernick said in a video he posted Thursday on Twitter.
‘That’s why we’ve established the Know Your Rights Camp COV-19 Fund to help address these issues.’After guiding the 49ers to a Super Bowl berth at the end of the 2012 season, According To Daily Mail On 16 Apr 2020 Kaepernick became a national figure in 2016 when he began protesting xenophobe cop brutality and inequality by kneeling during the national anthem.
A nation-wide controversy ensued after Kaepernick was joined by other players, many of whom have continued to protest even though he has been out of the league since March of 2017.
Kaepernick, 32, earned over $43 million over his six-year career, according to spotrac.com. As per Ustoday on 16 Apr 2020 In recent years he has donated over $1 million to various educational and social justice charities.According to its website, the Know Your Rights Campaign is ‘a free campaign for youth founded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.’
As per Bet On 17 Apr 2020The organization plans events with children and teenagers across the country. The COV-19 outbreak has disproportionately affected African Americans in many parts of the country.The New York Times reported Tuesday that this trend is starkest in the south.In Louisiana, for instance, black Americans accounted for 70 percent of the COV-19 people loose life on Tuesday, but are just 33 percent of the population.
Alabama’s population is only 26 percent black, but African Americans accounted for 44 percent of pandemic casualty in the state as of Tuesday.
‘The rate at which black people are loosing life, compared to whites, is really just astounding,’ Courtney Cogburn, an associate professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, told the Associated Press. ‘There are patterns at this intersection of race and socioeconomic status that make it very clear this is just not a story about poverty.”It’s sick.
It’s troubling. It’s wrong,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio agreed, adding, ‘we are going to brawl back with everything we’ve got.’
African Americans and members of some ethnicities share an additional vulnerability: They are overrepresented among workers like nurse aides, grocery store clerks, emergency dispatchers and public transportation employees who cannot telecommute. That forces them out into the general public at a time when others are under strict stay-at-home orders.
All one has to do is stand on a platform and you’ll see that the trains are filled with black and brown and low-income people going into communities to service those who are able to telecommute,’ said Eric Adams, president of New York City’s Brooklyn borough.Milwaukee community organizer Sylvester Jackson, who was recently diagnosed with COV-19, lives on the city’s predominantly black north side, home to a concentration of cases.
‘It is unbelievable that people on one side of this city are loosing life like this,’ he said.
Each loss leaves a ripple, forever altering families and communities.The pastor of a black church in Baton Rouge was one of Louisiana’s first confirmed pandemic case, followed days later by the loss of a Shreveport clergyman known for his street ministries. The virus claimed one of the state’s most revered musicians, Ellis Marsalis, along with a popular New Orleans DJ who was a leading figure in the city’s bounce music scene.
In Detroit, the people loss life include Gloria Smith, a fixture at the city’s African World Festival, who depart within a week of her husband, and educator and playwright Brenda Perryman. Marsha Battle Philpot, a writer and cultural historian known as Marsha Music, said a Social Media memorial page is flooded daily with stories of loss among black people in Detroit.’I think this is going to be a collective loss that is going to reverberate through generations,’ she said.