Hella Cool – Colin Kaepernick
The maligned 49ers quarterback took a stand for what he believes in and sparked a National conversation by refusing to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game. Kaep said he decided to sit because he wouldn’t “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color” and man did he get people talking. I applaud the hell out of him, cause for a dude who’s been playing like absolute dog shit for damn near two years, with a career on the verge of fizzling out, he needed to find his voice, a greater sense of purpose and stand up (or sit down) for what he believes in and he keeps doing it.
The most impressive part of Kaep’s statement is how poised he’s been through the flurry of media attention his statement has gotten. In a press conference after a subsequent preseason game in San Diego, citing police brutality and lack of equal opportunity as issues, he outlined his stance to a tee:
“I’m not anti-American, I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. And I think having these conversations, helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from . And those conversations are important to have, because the better we understand each other, the better we know each other, the better we can deal and communicate with each other, which ultimately puts everyone in a better position.”
A fine example of an athlete using a very rare platform that few have, to take a stand and spark a conversation in a non-violent manner. Proud of this dude and proud that he represents the Bay Area. We stand with Kaep.
Hella Cool – LMSFN
Patrick Brown of Different Fur Studio has started an events and culture collective called LMSFN (Let’s Make Some Fucking Noise) and they’re doing exactly that. Throwing shows that feature diverse artists in both San Francisco and Oakland (see Kristina Bakrevski’s photo of Mykki Blanco at last weekend’s LMSFN show at Eli’s Mile High club in our Photo Gallery), Brown and LMSFN just get it. There’s nothing we need more of in the Bay right now than people who instead of complaining about how things aren’t what they used to be, are taking matters into their own hands to showcase just how vibrant and active our local music and arts culture is. Shouts out to LMSFN and find out more at http://www.letsmakesomefuckingnoise.com/.