It seems that Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s co-founder and CEO, has no problem with how President Trump feels. In the wake of previous pressure to label Mr. Trump’s controversy, Dorsey today announced a $3 million donation from the foundation of Colin Kaepernick, a former American football star and black civil rights activist. Kaepernick was once one of Trump’s most despised people.
Zheng Jun from Silicon Valley, USA
Kaepernick’s charitable foundation, Know Your Rights, aims to promote the history of oppression and awareness of rights to vulnerable american youth. Dorsey said the donation was intended to foster the next generation of social change leaders through education, self-improvement and mobilization to help advance the liberation and well-being of black Americans and people of color.
In April, Dorsey pledged to donate $1 billion worth of stock to the new crown, equivalent to a third of his total assets. Dorsey’ assets total about $4.5 billion, mainly from his stake in Twitter and Square, the founder and CEO of both companies. Dorsey has detailed 66 donations and uses of his foundation since April, and has donated $88.5 million so far.
Kaepernick, 32, was a former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. During the NFL preseason in August 2016, Kaepernick chose to sit in a chair and kneel on his knees during the nfl preseason game, expressing support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and protesting racial discrimination and police violence in the United States. He even went so far as to say, “I will not pay tribute to a national flag that oppresses blacks and people of color.”
Kaepernick’s move provoked a huge response. Not only in Major League Soccer, but also in other professional sports such as football, baseball and basketball, a large number of players have followed Kaepernick’s example, kneeling during the national anthem before the game. Not only did the black players, but there were other players of color involved. Megan Rapinoe, the core U.S. women’s soccer player, even knelt on one knee before the U.S. International Football Championship, completely ignoring the u.S. Soccer Federation and the women’s soccer coach’s pre-match ban.
But the protests have also caused huge controversy. Ratings for the NFL’s 2016 season fell 8 percent, and a J.D. Power survey found that 30 percent of respondents said they didn’t want to see political protests in sports. On the other hand, NFL sponsors were also unhappy with the commercial damage caused by the decline in ratings, and one of the main sponsors, Papa John, subsequently announced the cancellation of the sponsorship contract.
But pressure from the Trump administration is directly responsible for the NFL’s decision to take steps to ban such protests. New President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence publicly denounced the players for disrespecting the American flag and the national anthem in this way. Trump has repeatedly publicly attacked Kaepernick, a move that is completely disrespectful of American heritage and respect for everything in the United States, and the NFL should fire the players. Pence, on the other hand, protested against the NFL’s poor regulation of players in a game that went straight away.
Kaepernick lost his place when the San Francisco 49ers changed their head coach in 2017. In March of that year, he opted out of contract to become a free agent. He thought he could sign a big contract, but to his surprise, no team would want to offer him a new contract. Kaepernick’s American football career, which is still under 30, ended when he lost nearly $20 million a year in salary. Kaepernick then sued the NFL, arguing that the league had colluded to crowd him out because of his kneeling behavior, and later reached a settlement with the NFL, with tens of millions of dollars in damages to make up for his losses.
Kaepernick has gradually become a symbol of the black civil rights movement in the United States. In 2018, Nike launched an ad for Kaepernick praising his efforts at social change. “Believe in some ideas. Even if it means sacrificing everything” (Believe in something, Even if if it is the means of the means all.
Kaepernick’s one-knee kneeling action at the National Anti-Racism March, which led to Floyd’s death, also became a symbol of protest against racial discrimination. Even some white police officers have chosen to use this approach to express their equal opposition to racial discrimination and to the understanding and understanding of the protesters.