Jemele Hill calls a spade a spade, and we love her for it. Yesterday (January 15th) was Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday. On such a day, you can expect your timelines to be flooded with images of the civil rights leader and posts quoting some of MLK’s best-loved quotes.
ESPN sportscaster, Hill, took to her Twitter out to call out those who were unsupportive of Colin Kaepernick‘s silent protest, but seem quite content posting MLK quotes all day long. It just doesn’t add up.
Me, watching people who criticized Colin Kaepernick for his nonviolent protest post MLK quotes today pic.twitter.com/6C0BWKcTXO
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 15, 2018
Kaepernick has been very publicly challenged for his ‘take a knee’ NFL protests, but Dr. King as the father of the non-violent protest and both fought peaceful for justice and equality – so how can one be so revered and the other met with such disdain?
While he was alive, King even King’s approach was seen as a threat to the white man, a Kaepernick is right now. In time, #ImWithKap will be looked at fondly as history has always faired kindly to our revolutionaries.
Today, we commemorate my father’s 89th birthday. Beyond sharing #MLK quotes, I pray that our global community, from educators to politicians to artists to law enforcement, will truly hear his voice, follow his teachings and demonstrate his love for humanity. #MLKDay #MLK50Forward pic.twitter.com/9B7bhiKWzr
— Be A King (@BerniceKing) January 15, 2018