It is a fairly safe presumption to make that the bulk of the readers of this website are familiar with the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Regrettably, the same can’t be said for the rest of the American citizenry, especially those on the left who either loathe or are uninformed of our nation’s founding documents and the principles they are built on.
For example, take ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose decision to “take a knee” in protest during the playing of the national anthem prior to NFL games in the 2016 season started a protest movement that has continued into the current season, to the detriment of the league.
Kaepernick walked away from his contract with San Francisco following last season and no team has signed him so far, but the former quarterback has been anything but idle since. Rather, he has hit the road as a social justice warrior, using his own finances to start up the Colin Kaepernick Foundation, which is committed to a mission to “fight oppression globally, through education and social activism.”
One method by which the ex-NFL player has worked to achieve that goal is through funding, hosting and organizing day-long workshops in various cities that are dubbed the “Know Your Rights Camp.”
The camp is described as “a free campaign for youth fully funded by Colin Kaepernick to raise awareness of higher education, self-empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios.”
For a look inside one of Kaepernick’s camps, check out this gushing run-down of the day’s events in May on the south side of Chicago by the ultra-progressive The Nation … if you can stomach the over-the-top leftism.
An integral part of the event is teaching the “black, brown, and economically disadvantaged youth” — in attendance by invitation-only — about their rights, but not the Constitutional Bill of Rights we all are familiar with.
Instead, these 10 “rights” are specifically derived from the “political legacy” of the Black Panthers, a radical racial leftist political organization.
The “rights” that Kaepernick is teaching urban youth about 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.
By our count, only three of the “rights” mentioned on the list are actual rights as laid out by our nation’s founders, namely the right to be free, safe and alive.
All of the rest are vague generalizations of an optimal lifestyle that can be obtained through hard work and sacrifice, or earned, as in the case of being loved and trusted.
As for the part of Kaepernick’s camp that addresses dealing with law enforcement, that pretty much consisted of teaching the kids to initially ask “Am I free to go?” followed by a refusal to consent to any searches, followed by an admonition to remain silent until an attorney can be contacted.
The one good thing we can say about this is that Kaepernick has actually put his own money where his mouth is, and while we don’t agree with his message, we certainly don’t deny his right to spread it, misguided as it may be.
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