It was quite the statement Rihanna made when asked why she turned down the opportunity to perform at the NFL’s Super Bowl. She said:
I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people, Rihanna says … “I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler.
There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all, and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.
In case you have not been following….Rihanna’s comments with no desire of being labelled as a sell-out is based on former NFL player Colin Kaepernick who has not been signed by an NFL team since his contract expired with the San Francisco 49ers. During his run with the 49ers- Kaepernick decided to bring attention to what he called injustice to unarmed African Americans being shot to death by police. Kaepernick brought attention to the injustice by kneeling during the American national anthem instead of standing.
The move by Kaepernick received world wide attention, and other NFL players began joining in the movement. It’s believed the NFL, and its owners conspired to lock out Kaepernick from the league by not signing him to a team. Jay Z received backlash from the black community after he signed a deal with the NFL-which places him in power of having major influence on the NFL’s biggest event of the year, the Super Bowl.
Jay Z has been called a sell-out for going into partnership with the NFL. The mogul has been accused of ignoring the injustice onto the black community by cutting a deal with the NFL. Even more- many say Jay Z’s interest was more about lining his pocket than standing along side black people. During a sit down with voices of radio, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and others- Jay Z was questioned on his partnership with the league while Kaepernick was still out of a job. Jay Z responded in saying:
We take it back…I think that we forget Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice- so in that case- right- this is a success right. This is the next thing. Cause there is two part to protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says…”I hear you, what do we do next.” Right, so for me it was like…action- actionable item. What are we gonna do with it. Like, everyone heard, and we hear what you saying. And, everybody know- I agree with what you saying. So, what are we gonna do.
The situation here is a questionable one. Kaepernick’s fight was for the attention of injustice onto black people, not being discriminated against by the NFL. The chances are high that NFL teams didn’t want Kaepernick’s type of distraction of protesting. This places more attention Kaepernick than the team’s focus. Should African Americans not take a fruitful opportunity of change to their lives ? All because of Kaepernick not being back in the NFL ?
Although Kaepernick’s stance was a non-violent, sincere one for equality- organizations would have the right to run an operation without side distractions. Kaepernick took the risk. Is it fair that other African Americans shouldn’t work for an organisation because of the decision by that organisation to not hire one specific African American they may deem as a distraction for the workplace ? Thoughts ?