“Hashtag NFL players adopt a federal prisoner for President Trump’s pardon,” by Kerry Shakaboona Marshall.
It was very noble of celebrity Kim Kardashian to visit the White House to meet with President Trump and plead for a presidential pardon for the life of a black grandmother held in federal prison for a life term.
What was equally noble is that President Trump instantly signed the grandmother’s pardon and she was released from federal prison the next day. What was more astonishing than that was, recently, president Trump made a public announcement to NFL players who took a knee for social justice in America for black people during the National Anthem at NFL games, declaring that he would give a presidential pardon and release any federal prisoner presented to him by NFL player who may be innocent, unduly convicted, or have an unjust sentence, were they to petition him.
Man, the cahones of President Trump! What a bold move: a challenge to the NFL players even. Should NFL players accept President Trump’s challenge? Of course they should. So what should NFL players that were protesting be doing? How about raising the stakes? You know, anteing up?
Hey you NFL players, here’s a suggestion. How about each NFL player that took a knee in protest now adopt a federal prisoner to petition President Trump for the pardon of their sentences and immediate release from federal prison, beginning with political prisoners like Mtulu Shakur, Leonard Peltier, and even your very own juvenile lifer prisoner Kerry Shakaboona Marshall from Philadelphia, PA.
So hashtag NFL players adopt the federal prisoner for President Trump pardon. It may not end mass incarceration or stop General Jeff Sessions from turning back the clock on social justice, but it surely would save some lives that otherwise would die in prison.
Besides that the win-win situation for NFL players and President Trump, what do you got to lose?
From the belly of the beast at Prison Radio, I am Shakaboona. Thank you for listening.
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