Kaepernick's message was initially distorted, garbled and repurposed by those who specialize in distorting, garbling and repurposing any messages they don't want to hear.The crowd has always been too dedicated to being part of the problem, dating back to the civil rights movement, to listen to the likes of Kaepernick.But love them or loathe them, you have to agree that the demonstrations undeniably raised awareness about...about... Kaepernick was never specifically protesting about Trump. It was an anti-Trump demonstration, or at least an anti-getting-cussed-out-by-a-sitting-president-for-political-activity demonstration. At least, that's what they were supposed to be about initially.Back with a new venture entitled The Pale Blue Dots, consisting of himself and composer Richard Chester.“This is our Jekyll and Hyde moment,” Bunford explains.
RISE to Vote is non-partisan, unless you think that encouraging a population full of people of color to vote is somehow partisan.Kaepernick's initial anthem protest was about more than police reform or racial inequality.It was about the power and rights of individual citizens, including free speech, the right to challenge authority and all of those other things that Sunday's protests came to represent.Which, if you do, circles back neatly to why we are all in this mess in the first place.Jocelyn Benson, CEO of RISE, recognizes that the medium can kill the message when a protest becomes a bigger story than the issues which prompted it."As you see, things get injected into the political discourse in a very divisive, binary way.