Socialist Seattle council member urges Seattle Seahawks to hire Colin Kaepernick

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Sawant’s message to the Seahawks

Don’t hire him because of his football skills, rather it is his SJW skillz that matter.

From Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant has weighed in on issues from the minimum wage to taxing the rich. But now she’s speaking up on something new — the Seahawks.

Sawant penned a letter Friday to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll and owner Paul Allen in support of bringing Colin Kaepernick onto the team. “I am writing to convey that Colin Kaepernick would be welcome in Seattle, and to encourage you to take the opportunity to sign him as the Seahawks’ backup quarterback,” Sawant writes.

“I am not a football expert,” she continues. “But everything I have read strongly suggests that the only reason a player with Kaepernick’s skills is still a free agent is because of the backlash against his courageous leadership last year against racism, brutality, and discrimination. If that makes other teams wary of signing him, shame on them. In Seattle, we know our communities will only benefit from his activism as well as his talents on the field.”

As the Seahawks hunt for a backup quarterback, Kaepernick’s name has been among those considered for the job. Without any official word on his chances with the Seattle team, he has already received support of teammates such as Michael Bennett. Kaepernick made headlines last year when he opted to kneel during the national anthem, drawing attention to racial inequality in America.

Sawant’s letter continues, citing social justice issues she is passionate about and relates them to the quarterback. She ends by saying that it would “be a poor message” for the Seahawks to send to young people if Kaepernick was not able to be signed to a team after taking a knee.

The rest of Sawant’s letter reads:

“As you know, Colin Kaepernick has been widely recognized as a leader amongst professional athletes for speaking out on social justice issues that are vital to the lives and livelihoods of regular working people, many of whom are Seahawks fans. His courage in openly and defiantly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement is not without precedent; indeed, it is reminiscent of Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s historic stance for black freedom on the podium of the 1968 Olympic Games, and Muhammad Ali’s refusal to participate in the war in Vietnam.

Around the country, ordinary people, activists, and especially young people, have been inspired by Kaepernick’s opposition to racism, and his broad support of social justice. He has supported Meals on Wheels and other anti-hunger programs, and has spoken out against bigotry and the scapegoating of Muslims. He has provided key support to grassroots social justice organizations, including Silicon Valley De-Bug, Causa Justa/Just Cause, Urban Underground, Black Youth Project 100, Mothers Against Police Brutality, Gathering for Justice, Communities United for Police Reform, and the I Will Not Die Young Campaign.

From the fight for a $15/hour minimum wage, to the struggle for affordable housing, to the movement against police brutality, Seattle’s working people and young people have led the nation in this new era of social movements. I agree wholeheartedly with Michael Bennett that Seattle is the perfect place for Kaepernick. The NFL has an influence on the ideas and attitudes of young people. As you assemble your team, it would be a poor message for you to send to young people that speaking out against racism, police violence, and economic inequality is ‘toxic’ and will be punished rather than applauded.

The working people of Seattle and our youth will be proud to welcome Colin Kaepernick. Please do everything in your power to sign him to the Seahawks. Thank you for your time and consideration.”


12 responses to “Socialist Seattle council member urges Seattle Seahawks to hire Colin Kaepernick

  1. If there is so much racism in America how is that we have many, many black athletes making millions of dollars for throwing a football or bouncing a basketball?? They have to keep the racist lie alive so they can continue to get special treatment and a free ride.

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  2. Colin is a lousy qb who alienated fans with his disrespect for our country.
    He should fit in very well with any unpatriotic community.

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  3. It is quite obvious that this particular city council person continues to spout their blah, blah, blah, when they really cannot distinguish a knee from an elbow.

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  4. It’s passed time consumers in America begin to speak out using the power of the purse! If money greases the wheels of commerce then make them creak! Force TV networks to pull their insulting product, teach movie studios to abandon their pet social projects and ball clubs to think twice about promoting dispecible atheles to positions of prominence. Don’t waste your hard earned money supporting the very ideas and ideology which mocks you and the very essence of your life! The left certainly has no qualms about employing that method. Hit ’em in the pocketbook or just sit down and shut up. Are we so far gone there’s no decent people out here who don’t live or die by the rhetoric spilling out of Washington, Hollywood or Ball Club HQs? I am willing to bet you guys are like me, you busted your ass for what you have today, you made sacrifices for your spouse and kids, you may have served in some branch of our military, you pay your taxes even if you disagree and if you had any priviledge you certainly didn’t know about it. Every one has the right to say whatever they wish but they had better have the wisdom to understand consequences sometimes follow on the heels of their words.

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  5. Let ONE radical government figure get one finger inside of a private organization such as the Seahawk’s and the next thing you know they be TELLING you what plays to call, what to pay who and how to run YOUR business. The fans have said how they feel about Mr. Colin Kaepernick . To hire someone nobody else wants might just bankrupt your team!

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  6. LOL – Well, any NFL team could always use another water boy.

    And he could make some extra cash sorting jockstraps for the laundry. 🙂

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  7. hopefully he will stayed unemployed.


  8. Hey, when are we going see women, trans genders, midgets, Mexicans,Asians and Indians in the NFL? These maginalized and under represented people NEED to be aggressively recruited for the vibrancy they will bring to the game.Fans won’t mind their team losing for the next 1000 years and neither will bookies. Inclusivity NOW!

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