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First Things First:Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Colin Kaepernick

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Racism still alive they jus be concealing it-K.West

The more things change the more they stay the same is one of those sayings you truly gain an understanding of as you get older. You live long enough you tend to see history repeat itself. This is the case when it comes to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was a PG who was lighting it up for the Denver Nuggets in the 90s.

In addition to winning Most Improved Player accolades and having an insanely good free throw average, Abdul-Rauf made waves for his protest of the United States National Anthem which he stated back then stood for oppression. Following his peaceful protests Abdul-Rauf saw his career take a nosedive and one could surmise he was blackballed from the NBA. Out of sight and out of mind, only true fans would remember how special his game was.

It is now 2017 and similar waves are being made in the NFL. Colin Kaepernick, former QB of the San Fransico 49ers chose to exercise his right to a peaceful protest by taking a knee during the National Anthem for the many slain as a result of police brutality and racial injustice, as well the oppressive racial themes enforced in the anthem. He is also out of a job for exercising this right. Sound familiar? Racism has been a long standing issue in the United States of America, and for a country built on freedom and equality this is a gross contradiction. Why we have not evolved past this makes me wonder if racism is intentionally swept under the rug, or even left to fester as an open wound by design.

Who stands to benefit from racism in 2017? The paper trail would tell a tale that would probably astound you. What I will say is lets celebrate and stand with the little people that stand for something big while they are alive. Thank you Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, and a thank you to you too as well Colin Kaepernick your efforts wont go unnoticed.