DETROIT, MI – Before the kickoff of Thursday’s Detroit Lions game at Ford Field; Detroit area members of Colin Kaepernick’s Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity will be joined by the community to lead a peaceful protest focused on police brutality, injustices and inequality suffered by people of color and the NFL blackballing of Kaepernick.
Eric Brown, co-leader of the fraternity’s September protest at Ford Field that garnered national attention says that the Thanksgiving Day protest is necessary to keep the nation focused on critical issues raised by Kaepernick.
“Colin Kaepernick message has always been about police brutality and the injustices incurred by people of color here in America. Colin’s kneeling was never about the flag, being unpatriotic or something to be politicized by the unscrupulous,” said Brown.
Brown outlined Thursday’s protest. “The Peaceful Protest” will consist of us leaving the corner of Erskine and Brush in Detroit, Michigan at 11:45 am and marching south toward Ford Field where we will assemble peacefully, do a symbolic kneel and have a moment of silence. We know that there is a lot of work to be done in communities across America to turn the tide and start a real conversation on why many people of color feel the way that we do. We also know that Colin Kaepernick did not deserve to be treated so negatively by a league that prides itself on being the American sports league of choice that promotes bringing people together,” said Brown.
“We want the NFL to take notice that Colin Kaepernick brought up very serious issues that cannot and should not be ignored. Ideally, we would like to see the players of color that make up 70 – 75 percent of the league join us one day in a moment of solidarity by taking a game day off to truly show what it means to bring attention to the issue of injustices and unequal treatment being displayed toward people of color here in America,” concluded Brown.
WHAT: Peaceful Protest in Support of Colin Kaepernick
WHERE: Corner of Erskine Street and Brush in Detroit, MI 48201
WHEN: 11:45am Thursday, November 23, 2017
CONTACT: Eric Brown (734) 776-0502