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NFL and Jay-Z Can’t Buy Social Justice Credibility Without Colin Kaepernick

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Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter was in the middle of a press conference with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell this week to announce their new partnership when Carter said something striking. He spoke about the movement started by Colin Kaepernick:

“We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice,” Carter said. “In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase. There [are] two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?’

“For me it’s like action, [an] actionable item, what are we gonna do with it? Everyone heard, we hear what you’re saying, and everybody knows I agree with what you’re saying [in Kaepernick’s underlying message]. So what are we gonna do? You know what I’m saying? [Help] millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job.”

Maybe those words sounded nice at the time, but I can tell you with certainty that Kaepernick doesn’t agree with any of them. Particularly the “next phase” part. Carter, whose Roc Nation entertainment company entered an agreement with the NFL to help select performers at league events—as well as aid in the league’s social justice efforts—doesn’t get to plot what the “next phase” is (and these are my words) without Kaepernick and Panthers defensive back Eric Reid helping to determine it. […]

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