Colin Kaepernick Nobel Peace Prize: Committees Needed in 50 States

The Nobel Peace Prize Drive for Colin Kaepernick means that you can set up your own committee with the intention of linking with other similar committees. Communities are invited to join in.

Wali Jones, who is a Hall of Fame NBA player who was involved deeply in his own controversy when Civil Rights’ was young, brought this request for the Nobel Prize to my attention. I will share information about Kaepernick and Wali Jones in this article. Your goal is to support Kaepernick as soon as you can.

The idea came from Dr. Harry Edwards who may not be well known to a younger generation of Americans. It is our job to teach since we know how Dr. Edwards has fought for justice throughout his career. Kaepernick’s taking a knee was about justice, but others saw fit to undermine that including police whose job it was to protect everyone in football stadiums and Donald Trump. Dr. Edwards talks about White Supremacy, privilege, and power, calling for the destruction of the system to achieve the progress needed. The changes include seeing women in power, changes in the United States Senate (one Black Republican), corporate American is still largely White, and institutional changes.  And he did mention that there are only 3 African American coaches in the N.F.L.

On September 17, 2018 I wrote this in an article in Jewish Business News in Israel “Then there is Colin Kaepernick and the perception that I detest.  A well-known person who has a Jewish organization told me that Kaepernick is a “piece of shit” and that being a millionaire how could he relate to the African-Americans that he is fighting for.  Hitler must have called us a “piece of shit” at some time and his prejudice did not prevent him from doing what he did to rich and poor (and there were lots of poor Jews).”  Kaepernick is featured in several of my articles and in my play (treatment) with a Frenchman who is in a high place of honor among Jews around the world. I feel as will much of the free world that Kaepernick deserves to be honored or as some would say “finally” honored.

That Frenchman was Emile Zolá and I have to make it known that when I noticed cartoons and tee-shirts depicting Kaepernick and his fight for justice I reached out to a cartoonist in Qatar hoping to create a Zolá-Kaepernick work of art. Once I mentioned the term Jewish theme, that contact pretty much became a dropped call. Art can bring people together or it can divide us as history has shown. Since I already had the idea, I just reversed the idea and came up with what I think is one of the potentially great theatrical scenes as Kaepernick gives birth to Emile Zolá. Click and read it for yourself.

We have to build bridges to all people at this time, knowing how to do the right thing. Doing the right thing will not ring true to people who are racists or inclined to support others poorly or superficially. Their right thing is not our right thing. I noticed in the news a while back that Kaepernick wore socks depicting pigs and I thought that was about racism in America. It probably was about racism. We can go back to the experience in Nazi Germany to learn more and see how the subject matter was so important at that time as Jews were hoping for people to do the right thing.

That earlier quote came from this article.

The Holocaust And Black Lives Matter

Between the Holocaust and Black Lives Matter, the keyword is “pig.”  We have heard that word in protests for decades and perhaps without knowing what the joke reveals to us. Oppressors are pigs!

And now I can share the “joke” with more readers than ever before.

And there were jokes coming out of the resistance and the Holocaust that we should know.   Look at the key word in this joke.
“A Parisian reports to his friend a rumor that at 9:20 the previous night, a Jew attacked and killed a German in the Métro (French for subway).  He even ate part of his entrails, including his heart.  The friend says with a laugh, “You’ll believe anything you hear, Pierre.”

“But it’s true!”

“No, my friend, it’s impossible.”
“Why?”

“First, Jews don’t eat pigs; second, Germans have no heart; and, third, at 9:20 everyone is listening to the BBC.”
The BBC was the radio network to listen to since the Nazis banned everything else.  Everything else was the “fake news” of its time.
Between the Holocaust and Black Lives Matter, the keyword is “pig.”  We have heard that word in protests for decades and perhaps without knowing what the joke reveals to us. Oppressors are pigs!

Discrimination gets in the way of the Dream from the 1960s to today. This information comes to me through old friends at Sports Inside and Out, Coach Chuck Hatcher and Wali Jones whose show is broadcast on iheart radio and helps support the Wounded Warrior Project. Coach Hatcher integrated his school in Norfolk, Virginia. Here is the link for the show where Wali “The Wonder” shares “The News You Can Use” about Lebron James and his effort to increase voter registration and turnout. There is a rich amount of history addressed in just this show and what has happened just yesterday is a major part of history as there is talk about Congress and the actions around the world that is big news in preparation for Juneteenth Day.

Wali Jones nicknamed “Wali Wonder” is a N.B.A. Hall of Fame basketball player who may appear to be dinosaur to our nation’s youth but he won an N.B.A. Championship with Wilt Chamberlain among other things. Wali chose not to play in the final game of the Eastern Division playoffs because Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had just been assassinated. His career was full of accomplishments and controversies related to race relations.

There was a period where Wali Jones did not play and the team did not pay as there were contract talks and a lawsuit where Wali hoped to win an award in court based on violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. He was unsuccessful. And there will be more about this later.

His Philadelphia roots were solid. He attended Overbrook High School and played ball in Haddington Recreation Center and other parks or centers long after his father attended the school but at the time his father attended Ernest Jones (103 years of age) was not allowed to play baseball for the school. And being in Philadelphia during the days of Rizzo, the police chief who used brutal tactics that were reprehensible to the community. Wali spoke out against Rizzo (1970) and the team decided to trade him or get him out of town.

The speaking out against police chief Rizzo deserves development so that people today can reflect on those days. There are many who felt and still feel that Rizzo’s control over Philadelphia extended right into the offices of the owner of the Philadelphia 76ers. This dictated that what was taking place was the “blackballing” of Jones by the team ownership. We know that the country was experiencing great change under Civil Rights’ protests and legislation, but that didn’t mean that corporate basketball was ready to treat everyone fairly.  I would like to see Wali Jones and Colin Kaepernick together as panelists to talk openly about those things that mattered and still matter so that American public can be much better informed. Talk about the flag, the playing of our national anthem, and speaking out against police brutality are still needed today and will be needed next year as well. History repeats itself.

Wali and I continued the discussion of Rizzo and the toppling of Rizzo’s statue in Philadelphia. Wali recalled the policing in Philadelphia where members of the Black Panthers were stripped naked. And he told me about a photo that he remembers of Rizzo dressed up in a leather jacket and hold a gun with a title referencing the “gestapo.” And all this news was between fifty and four hundred years in the making. Those Black panthers were arrested for murder and days later the charges were dropped. The people later found for those murders had nothing at all to do with the Black Panthers.

On April 20, 2018 I wrote this in Jewish Business News in Israel.

“Would Jews ever allow a statue of Adolph Hitler to be built?  It could happen since Hitler is a part of history that cannot be erased, advocates could easily say.  Much of the same kind of thing is going on in the United States and the White House and people all over our nation refuse to have compassion for those who have been egregiously harmed throughout the history of our country.

Tennessee recently refused to pass a bill that would help that state fight against the alt right’s criminality, dealing a blow to ethnic minorities who often need more protection.  And now another blow has been handed to the city of Memphis, Tennessee, a city that has democratically decided to heal by taking down statues.  In question is the state of Nathan Bedford Forrest who is known for massacring African-Americans on sight during the Civil War.  He was instrumental in blocking the voting rights of African-Americans and Republicans after the Civil War to ensure the success of political candidates in line with the objectives of the South.”

Wali Jones spent months without any income from his dispute with the owners and his salary was a tiny fraction of what people expect their favorite athletes earn today. Desperation was about to set in but there was light at the end of that tunnel as the N.B.A. also got its first Black general manager in Milwaukee where Wayne Embry was selected. He signed Wali Jones to the team. Various players have written about the “slavery” of playing in the N.B.A. back in those days. And those were the days that players needed to have summer jobs to supplement their income as well.

1962 Cole Field House discrimination at the NCAA tournament

1964 Wali did not make the Olympic team as he and Walt Hazzard expected to fulfill that dream. NY Daily News sportswriter Peter Vecsey wrote about his disappointment that Wali did not make the team.

1965 New Orleans playing for the Baltimore Bullets where there was discrimination in the hotels.

Among Wali’s non-basketball record includes speaking out for his friend Muhammad Ali when Ali had problems in America. And as an activist he was able to meet with Stokely Carmichael, H Rap Brown, and Dick Gregory.

Wali wore dashikis and had an Afro and was told to cut his hair and stop wearing dashikis in order to “fit in” better.

Wali was instrumental in starting programs for our nation’s youth and early on he was involved in trying to reduce gang membership in Philadelphia.

Wali and I discussed important things about a time in the 1960s which he and I shared. We grew up in large Jewish communities and those communities on the Lower East Side and in Philadelphia changed. I learned that the Lillian Wald Houses where I grew up became the New Jim Crow before the New Jim Crow, devastating the families that I knew. Young people were either dead or in jail. Wali said the same thing about Philly.

And today Wali Jones reflects on his life and history, making it clear that Colin Kaepernick deserves international recognition as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. We should not forget the things that Wali Jones tried to do, as well, as we make America a better place for all. This is a time for the continuation and expansion of the unity that we have noticed in the recent protests and I hope that people everywhere form committees to recognize Colin Kaepernick and the noble effort he has made to fight racism. Wali was Kaepernick before Colin Kaepernick.

And Wali told me that he worked for the Education Department for seven years and he has pointed out many of the programs that he has been involved in to help our nation’s youth. There was Shoot For the Stars, Afro American Athletes in Action which became Athletes in Action, Each One Teach One, the 1969 African American Conference in Washington, D.C. to engage professional athletes to become involved in their communities, programs to sponsor books for Jamaica, the Bahamas, Bimini, Antigua, Trinidad, and Barbados (when he worked for the Miami Heat and was sponsored by Fedex), clinics and other activities all over our nation where he has collaborated with Ken Hamilton, Walt Hazzard, Billy Cunningham, Bill Melchionni, Bobby Dandridge, Dr. J, World B. Free, Tim Perry, Billy Owens, Holly Taylor, Johnny Newman, Bill Baggett, Bill Jones, Bobby Hunter, Bruce Smith, Ben Wallace, and others.

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  1. Great read ,I’ve done lots of work with Wali in the Richmond VA area through the Salvation Army boys and girls club and Communities In Schools for many years.

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