Colin Kaepernick

*NFL baller Colin Kaepernick has founded a new program, “Know Your Rights Camp”, dedicated to uplifting and educating underprivileged youth about a variety of issues. Per the organization’s website, the camp is “a free campaign for youth to raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.”

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback hosted a “Know Your Rights Camp” in Oakland Saturday with over 100 kids in attendance. The day included sessions about how to interact with the police, how to prepare for college, how to be financial successful, nutrition tips and more.

Colin turned down corporate sponsors because he didn’t want the message to get skewed. According to NY Daily News writer Shaun King, Colin and his friends have been secretly working behind-the-scenes planning this camp for the children of Oakland.

“Please don’t say anything about it online,” Colin told Shaun. “I’m not doing this for the press and I don’t want it to become a media event so that the kids and the families can feel like this is just for them.”

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The popular 10-point plan, inspired by the Black Panther Party, was shared with the children. The 10-points were written on the back of the t-shirts given to the campers. They are:

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.

“We want to teach you today about financial literacy, how you can pursue higher education, how you can be physically fit and healthy,” said Colin. “We will talk about police brutality, and what to do about it, but we also have lawyers, professors, health and fitness experts, because we want you to be able to live the life of your dreams.”

I had the honor of helping out at #ColinKaepernick’s first Know Your Rights Camp event yesterday. @yourrightscamp Seeing the kids interact and ask questions, along with Colin and Nessa’s passion for helping our youth made the event everything it needed to be. I’m still recovering (I’m exhausted lol), so I’ll end it with this: Whatever negative comments are said about this event in the news over the next few days, don’t allow the media to distract you from the real message being sent to our youth – To know their rights, to respect their own and others, and to encourage self-love. If you choose to deflect and complain about motives or question, you’re a part of the problem. NOTE: This post is not debatable. Please don’t try and convince me otherwise. TROLLS WILL BE BLOCKED. So many gems came from this event! Full recap on my website coming soon. ❤️

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