John Legend and Jesse Williams Team for “With Drawn Arms” Documentary Film on 1968 Olympic Protest

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Tommie Smith and John Carlos protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics (photo via vibe.com)

by Latifah Muhammad via vibe.com

John Legend and Jesse Williams are working on a documentary that will look at the 1968 Black Power salute seen around the world. More than four decades before Colin Kaepernick took a knee in silent protest of police brutality and racial injustice, Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos made a statement with raised fists during the Summer Olympic games in Mexico City.

The documentary, With Drawn Arms, is executive produced by Williams and Legend, along with the Grammy and Oscar winning singer’s partners from his Get Lifted Film Co., Deadline reports. Smith is the focus of the documentary. The former sprinter and NFL wide received took home the gold medal at the 1968 games after completing the 200-meter dash, while Carlos earned the bronze medal. Both men were suspended for raising…

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Silent Moment Sunday: #takeaknee

NYC Police Officers Rally in Support of Colin Kaepernick

With the racist shit-storm swirling around the Drumpf’s golden-shower tower, brought on by his incendiary remarks and his support of murderous, hate-filled facists, an important event was missed by most – even by those who claim to report the “Good Black News” which I usually enjoy reading.

In case you didn’t know, many current and former officers from the New York Police Department rallied in Brooklyn yesterday to show their support for embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is still an unsigned free agent. From the New York Times:

Dozens of current and retired officers from the New York Police Department rallied on Saturday morning in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers player lionized and reviled for refusing to stand during the national anthem.

The gathering in Brooklyn Bridge Park was organized by Sgt. Edwin Raymond and attended by about 80 officers who wore black T-shirts emblazoned with “#IMWITHKAP.” Frank Serpico, a former officer who exposed corruption in the New York Police Department in the 1970s, attended.

Speakers, including City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams, Democrat of Brooklyn, linked the backlash against Kaepernick’s gesture — no team has signed the quarterback for this season — to the violence last weekend during a white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Va., and more generally to issues of police accountability. Kaepernick, 29, stopped standing for the anthem last season, saying he was protesting violence against minorities, particularly by the police.

“As members of law enforcement, we can confirm that the issues he is saying exist in policing, and throughout the criminal justice system, indeed exist,” Sergeant Raymond said of Kaepernick. In 2015, he joined 11 other officers in filing a class-action lawsuit against the Police Department for policing practices they said discriminated against minority communities.

Colin Kaepernick is clearly being punished for taking a stand against racism. He isn’t the first athlete to do so, nor will he be the last, as long as people keep sticking their collective heads in the sand and refusing to talk about the issue of racism. It’s always a lonely fight when you speak out against racism and other divisive issues. Those of us who do so still sleep well at night, in spite of the morons who wish to shut us up and silence us. We’re still here, and we will continue to speak out!

Saturday Afternoon Music…

Here are three songs for Saturday…enjoy!

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