Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights with PAPER Magazine

On October 15, 1966, agents based on Oakland Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton drafted a roadmap for Black freedom. Called the Black Panther Ten-Point Platform and Program, 10 claims and 10 faiths underpinned the organization. "Black people will not be free until we can decide our destiny," wrote Seale and Newton. The Panthers' claims included “an education that teaches our real history and our role in today's society” and “the immediate elimination of the brutality of police and the murder of Black People.” T

"That was over 50 years ago. And what has changed?" Colin Kaepernick asks. "Oscar Grant, Rekia Boyd, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice. What has changed? Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray. The demands of the Pathers are still alive today as the police are still killing us today."

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Ten months before the 49-former Francisco Francisco adopted the generation during “The Star-Spangled Banner” against anti-Blackness and police terrorism, he and his party thought Nessa plan. The seeds of this plan gave birth to the Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC), a youth empowerment initiative.

As Kaepernick puts it down, "The discussion took place shortly after Mario Woods was executed." Five San Francisco police officers left the murder of the 26-year-old Woods on 2 December 2015 with Kaepernick with feelings of loss, pain and anger.

This movement requires all kinds of people. From athletes to medical practitioners to poets and artists to scholars and lawyers, we want everyone to contribute to the struggle. "

Woods' murder fell with Kaepernick's intention to implement his social analysis. "If Colin wasn't reviewing a play book," Nessa remembers, "he was reading a history book." Week after week, Kaepernick could discover as terrible texts of the global struggle for Black freedom and self-determination. His series of books were teeming with titles like this Biography of Malcolm X; Women, Race, & Class with the autobiography of Angela Davis and Huey P. Newton, Revolutionary Suicide. The texts provided Kaepernick's ideas for the architecture of the camp and its curriculum.

KYRC is designed to serve as a base and safe space for young people – especially young and old 12-18 – to obtain legal information to tackle and progress violent all-encompassing contacts with police officers. in the areas of health, education, technology, self-empowerment and finance. The camp not only provides young people with relevant resources but also acts as a space for breathing, joy, courage and honesty.

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From the first camp of Kaepernick in October 2016, it hosted itself and a great volunteer volunteer six additional installments in Harlem, Chicago, New Orleans, Amsterdam, Miami and Baltimore. There has also been a growth in the number of young people attending their camps. Kaepernick's latest offer in Baltimore was attended by over 450 attendees. These camps are free for all youth, because they are funded by Kaepernick themselves and three small donations.

KYRC has 10 fundamental human rights, the basis of Platform and the Black Panther Ten Point Program. According to Kaepernick, the principles are the types of assurances and safeguards that should be found throughout the world:

You have the right to be Free

You have the right to be Healthy

You have the right to be Excellent

You have the right to be Safe

You have the right to be Love

You have the right to be Courageous

You have the right to be Alive

You have the right to be Reliable

You have the right to be Education

You have the right Know Your Rights

The rights also imitate the ingredients needed to grow a vigorous movement towards the release of Black people. "This movement requires all kinds of people," says Kaepernick. "From athletes to healers to poets and artists that scholars and lawyers, we want to contribute to the struggle. We all have a struggle.

To that end, the camp is also intergenerational. Seasonal freedom fighters such as former Black Panther leader, Ericka Huggins and Ambassador Shabazz, Malcolm X's eldest daughter, attended a camp. "Colin puts love into action," says Huggins. "And 10 right is the infinite camp because they are." person right. "

Ambassador Shabazz reminded campers that the phrase "in any way necessary" – one that her famous father would put – "not about others. It's about yourself. The exercise is the best you do." … in any way necessary. "

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In conjunction with local actors and organizations, the half-day camps usually start at 7 o'clock when the youth reaches a nutritious breakfast provided by Black-based businesses based in their community, a bid that encourages the Panthers free breakfast program. After their meals, the people in groups move to a discussion on police history, interactive training on practicing someone's legal rights while accessing policing and then on isolated workshops on financial literacy, careers in STEM, holistic health, higher education and t the importance of knowing a person's roots and history.

At the end of the camp at the camp afternoon, all young people attend a reserve – many of whom Kaepernick has filled themselves – with a local community resource guide, a copy of which Biography Malcolm X and AncestryDNA pack. "The DNA pack," says Kaepernick, "is a powerful reminder for the youth that its history began before the United States and it is not under pressure from a slave institution."

"It's just the beginning," he says to campers in Baltimore. "Before you leave here today, you need to know that we are together." He pauses for a moment, then takes his fist clenched in the sky. "You want you to believe this with everything you have: Tell me – I'm powerful! I'm powerful!

In the spirit of love and courage, the following freedom fighters transformed their cultural power into demand for free from Black freezes. Together, these 10 people who chose Colin Kaepernick show ten ten principles of Your Your Rights Rights and all encourage them to fight for our freedom … in any way they need.

Artist's Statement by Shawn Theodore: t

The silhouette photographic style is a direct recognition of philosopher Alain Locke, the Harlem Revival “Make”. His intellectual contributions to artists and scholars revived the Black Arts of new pride and praised his dignity in American African culture. His writings influenced the painter Aaron Douglas, who created works in stylized silhouettes, which connected The Motherland's aesthetics to a start-up agency of the "New Negro." These insights into black life and spirituality are at the heart of my pride, processes and practices, and are reflected in this portfolio.

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