From the NFL to the World Bank, black people are being silenced | Koketso Moeti

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White-dominated institutions pay lip service to inclusion, but they don’t want to listen when we speak uncomfortable truths

American football quarterback Colin Kaepernick silently protested racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games. He’s since been sidelined, receiving treatment that has recently been shown to be harsher than that of other NFL players, such as Johnny Manziel, who have substance abuse issues and allegations of domestic violence. This disproportionate penalty for Kaepernick reveals how white-led institutions expect black people within them to either remain silent about our struggles, or only take these struggles up on their terms.

ESPN SportsCenter is another example of a company that punished someone for speaking out against racism. When co-anchor Jemele Hill took to Twitter last year to call US president Donald Trump what he is, “a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself with other white supremacists”, ESPN publicly reprimanded her. The White House called for her to be fired.

Diversity and inclusion initiatives should not be white people’s act of charity or done as a favour

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