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#ImWithKap: Houston Texans Star Shows Solidarity With Kaepernick

DeAndre Hopkins shared a photo on Twitter in support of the athlete and activist.

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As Houston Texans All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins entered Houston's NRG Stadium before his team's game on Sunday, he wanted to make a statement that he supports former NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

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Jeffersontown police have released the names of both victims in Wednesday's shooting: Maurice E. Stallard, 69, and Vicki Lee Jones, 67 were identified by the coroner's office.

Stallard was the father of Louisville's Chief Racial Equity Officer, and Jones was a woman on her way from her home, just blocks away, to pick up some groceries.

Gregory Bush, the shooter in custody, has a criminal past, as well as one wrought with mental illness and racial hostility.

His ex-wife, who filed for protection against Bush, was reportedly called a "ni**er bit**" by him, according to court records.

Bush's social media pages say that he once was married to a Black woman, and had a Black son. He once posted: "All lives matter, not just Black lives."

In addition, posts were found criticizing Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players for kneeling protests, and the media for allegedly not covering a mass shooting committed by a Sudanese immigrant. Bush also shared a petition urging the governor to prevent confederate statues from being removed.

Bush has been charged with assault numerous times, and also with menacing a 15-year-old girl in a movie theater bathroom and said, he "thought we were family."

He posted about his diagnosis and how it had impacted his life as well saying, " [ I ] worked most of my life and battled mental illness throughout my life…I'm lucky I made it this far with all the trouble I've caused myself when I get off my medicine."

His wife wrote that in 2003 Bush had been diagnosed "paranoid and was put on medication," according to court records. "He stopped taking his medication."

Details about his history include court-ordered mental health treatment, being reported as a "suicide risk" by police, and being ordered to not own any weapons.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said of the shooting: "Our city and our future have no room for anyone who looks at their fellow human beings with hate or discrimination."

He also took the opportunity to call on state and federal officials to address the gun violence "epidemic" in this country and the need for improved mental health care.

"The hard fact is that most violent crimes are committed with guns, and guns fall under the jurisdiction of the state and federal governments," Fischer said.

"Every time someone takes a gun and creates a tragedy, what's the response?" asked Fischer. "From too many of our leaders, the ones who have the power to make our country safer, our city safer, our schools and churches and groceries safer, they act as if nothing can be done. That doesn't sound like the United States of America to me — the most powerful, most resourceful country in the world. Why do we pretend that we're helpless?"

Of the loss of his colleague's father: "This one is especially painful because, as has been reported, one of the victims was the father of a member of my team," Fischer said.

A Kroger employee has started a fundraiser to help both families. Jones' family started a GoFundMe page to help long-distance relatives travel to Louisville for her funeral. Her brother just died two weeks ago.

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Rihanna Says No to Super Bowl Halftime Show in Support of Colin Kaepernick

The multiple Grammy-winning artist turned down the offer to perform because she doesn't agree with the NFL's stance.

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Rihanna, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, has turned down a coveted offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who take a knee.

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Barbershop Owner Claims He Didn't Know Hanging a Colin Kaepernick Doll Was a Problem

"I am a die-hard 49ers fan and, when that action happened, there was a lot portrayed on the 49ers and I took it personally," Bowtie Barber said.

Since 2016, a California barbershop owner has had a Colin Kaepernick doll hanging from a noose in his shop.

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Racist Louisiana Teacher Fired After Making Racist Remarks on Facebook

Why is it that Blacks in the U.S. are always told to leave the country they built?

Racist math teacher, Valerie Scogins, is now out of a job after making incendiary statements last week on Facebook regarding Colin Kaepernick's Nike ad.

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The National Black Police Association (NBPA) has openly criticized police condemnation of Colin Kaepernick and voiced its support of the former star quarterback.

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By Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.

Colin Kaepernick may yet get his day in court.

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Since the preseason opener for the Miami Dolphins, where three players, Albert Wilson, Kenny Stills, and Robert Quinn, kneeled/raised fists during the national anthem, the protests have been met with criticism from local police.

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It's no secret that NFL owners are in lockstep with President Donald “sons of bitches" Trump. But one may have finally given concrete evidence that Trump influenced the league's blackballing of Colin Kaepernick.

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Why They Take a Knee — Parking Violation Results in Savage, Racist Cop Behavior: Video

"My experience in January with the Milwaukee Police Department was wrong and shouldn't happen to anybody," said NBA player Sterling Brown.

Milwaukee's school-to-prison pipeline for Black students is notoriously awful. In Milwaukee County, more than half of Black men in their thirties have served time in prison. The racism and racial profiling that perpetually exists in the city is again in the national spotlight as police used excessive force on a Black NBA player.

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White Billionaire NFL Owners Have Secret Insider Meeting to Discuss how Much Further They Can Jam it up Black Players’ Behinds

Apparently no discussion on how to improve the 70 percent Black player/20 percent Black coach/0 percent Black owner plantation problem.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 23, at 1:32 PM EST:

The NFL announced on Wednesday that players on the field during the National Anthem who do not stand will be subjected to a fine.

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Nine-Year-Old Kicked Out of Class for Taking a Knee During Pledge

A budding activist was told the classroom is no place to express himself.

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Kirsten West Savali said she did not give her nine-year-old son, Dash, permission to take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance in his classroom — "nor did he need it," she emphasized in an op-ed. But Dash's teachers did not feel the same way, and he was kicked out of class for his action.

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