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Jason Owens,Yahoo Sports 14 hours ago

Colin Kaepernick talked about why he chose to kneel while accepting one of Harvard’s highest honors on Thursday. (AP)
Colin Kaepernick was one of eight recipients of the W.E.B. Dubois Medal from Harvard on Thursday for his work in social justice.
Comedian Dave Chapelle and artist Kehinde Wiley were among the others awarded “Harvard’s highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies.”
Kapernick improvises acceptance speech
After receiving a rousing ovation, Kaepernick appeared to scrap his prepared remarks for an off-the-cuff speech shared by WHDH Boston’s Eric Kane that addressed his recent Nike deal and the first time he took a knee in protest.

“I had a short speech written, but it just didn’t seem true to what it should’ve been with the authenticity and the passion and the inspiration that’s been in this room,” Kaepernick said to start a speech that he requested not be broadcast.
Why Kaepernick kneels
He went on to talk about the first time he took a knee and the response from Oakland’s Castlemont High football team, whose players took a knee the next week to support him. He visited the team on game day.
“One of the young brothers says ‘We don’t get to eat at home, so we’re going to eat on this field,’” Kaepernick said. “That moment has never left me.
“And I’ve carried that everywhere I went. And I think that’s the reality of what I’ve fought for, what so many of us have fought for. People live with this every single day.”

Kaepernick on Nike and sacrifice
Kaepernick also addressed his Nike campaign and what sacrifice means to him.
“I go to what recently happened with the Nike campaign where, to believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything quote became huge,” Kaepernick said. “As I reflected on that, it made me think of if we all believe something, we won’t have to sacrifice everything.”
Kaepernick made a call to action for people in the room and people of privilege to stand up for those in need.
“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” Kaepernick said. “Because if we don’t, we become complicit in the problem. It is our duty to fight for them, and we are going to continue to fight for them.”
Kaepernick: Love drives the resistance
He concluded by focusing on love, not divide being the driving force behind his protests.
“I go back to something I said in a speech previously, that love is at the root of our resistance, and it will continue to be, and it will fortify everything we do.”

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The party in power has advanced another neer do well to a high profile position in government. It is pretty clear that the Dupublicans have done all that they can to maintain power at whatever cost. Our CIC, Senate and House leaders are too busy staying in office to do the job of representing  ALL Americans (you know-the people they so readily invoke when they tell us what THEY want). What I fail to understand is why there appears to be such strong support for people whose amoral (immoral?) character is evident by so many  who profess to be religious. In other countries  religion seems to overshadow the government, is it possible that the “conservative Evangelicals” are doing the same via voting for imperfect candidates who happen to support specific items of their agenda? We as voters have to  forget what the main poLItical* parties say and look at what they do as the two are often different. We have a group of 535 cowards who we elected to do what’s best for US not themselves. The positions  of Congressional representatives have  been about power for years now while coincidentally governing and except in rare cases that has always been “OK” for most of us. The big issue is the tacit approval by us because we seemingly do not care enough to read what they are doing but we listen to pundits, talking heads and utterances from outside sources who are armed by our representatives with what they want us to hear. The idea of “only the best people” will be chosen to serve in the administration has become a code word for people who will kow tow to TOTUS while following their own agenda which does not and has not do anything for the often cited “American People”. This administration is all about rolling back any and all previous administration actions that benefit “ALL Americans” not just a select few. Look at EPA, Education, Housing actions which affect the all Americans from the poorest to the middle class and often beyond. Think about the potential  changes to our way of living via Supreme Court decisions and decide if we are going in a good direction. We will certainly hit a low before we get to a “normalcy”.

*LI is capitalized reflecting the basis of many political speeches these days

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Lee Moran
HuffPost•October 11, 2018

Former first lady Michelle Obama has revealed what former President George W. Bush gave her at Sen. John McCain’s funeral last month: a very old cough drop from his own days in the White House.
“I didn’t realize at the time that anybody noticed what we were doing,” Obama told the “Today” show on Thursday, during an appearance to discuss International Day of the Girl.
The moment did in fact gain a lot of notice in the press and on social media, although critics pointed out in the subsequent days and weeks that just because a guy gives someone a lozenge doesn’t mean he can’t do destructive, divisive things as well.
Obama said Thursday that Bush’s “simple gesture” during the September service came about because the pair are “forever seatmates because of protocol.”
“That’s how we sit at all the official functions, so he is my partner in crime at every major thing where all the formers gather,” she said.
She noted that Bush’s cough drop may not have been of the most recent vintage.
“That’s the funny thing, because they were in the little White House box, and I was like, ‘How long have you had these?’” Obama said. “And he said, ‘A long time, we got a lot of these.’”

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