An NFL team came under fire over the weekend after it gave an African-American child a lawnmower to help him save for college.
In a video post to Twitter over the weekend, the Carolina Panthers explained that 12-year-old Jaylin Clyburn is spending his summers mowing lawns to save for college.
“We needed his expertise so we brought him to Charlotte,” the video says while Clyburn is seen pushing his lawnmore outside the team’s footbal stadium.
A team official tells Clyburn that Lowe’s has donated a new lawnmower on behalf of the Panthers.
Before the video ends, the 12-year-old is made “an official member” of the team’s grounds crew.
Twitter users scolded the team for giving the child a lawnmower instead of a scholarship.
Watch the video and read some of the critical tweets below.
12-year-old Jaylin Clyburn started mowing lawns to save for college this summer.@Lowes and @RiverboatRonHC heard his story and got him all new equipment for his growing business 💙 pic.twitter.com/PmlcdiQXH8
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 6, 2019
You’d think one of these HUGE CORPORATIONS would’ve just given him a college scholarship so this kid could continue being a kid.
— Small Screen Girl (@KiraJW) September 8, 2019
Lol just pay for his college cheap corporations
— Zach Mcmahan (@zach_mcmahan_) September 6, 2019
Instead of really helping this young brother with a scholarship or a bond you do the minimum and then tweet it out so they world will see how Wonderful you are…folkx DO NOT congratulate them SHAME them
— the black mommy activist (@kayewhitehead) September 8, 2019
Imagine having so much yet giving this child so little. How about a scholarship so he can focus on being a kid and studying?
— gia jordan (@giajordan) September 8, 2019
Corporate propaganda at its finest. Turn a nightmare story about a kid being forced to work instead of focusing on school and doing kid stuff into a feel good story about how corporations are really nice dontcha know.
He wouldn't need to do this if we had an equitable society.
— Dr. Grand Moff Duke🐍🚀 (@shaunduke) September 8, 2019
Another story of a child doing a parents job. He shouldnt have to worry about paying for college at his age he's a kid.
— Leonard 🥨 (@PretzelPapi) September 6, 2019
Bought this kid a mower lol. Pay for his college….. what kind of shit is this?
— JOE (@joe_jebeile) September 6, 2019
America is "supposed" to be the greatest country in the world🤔 Instead of giving the kid equipment to mow lawns, did it ever occur to any of these corporations to assist him with paying for college🤔 #SundayThoughts
— Own Your Masters (@ThaArchitect) September 8, 2019
You’re only a billion dollar corporation… I understand why a new lawn mower was the most you could do here 🙄
— sean carlson (@scvball) September 8, 2019
NFL stay being shitty. All the money and they gave this child a handshake and more manual labor. Kudos on continuing to show what you value.
— Consuelo Grier (@ConsueloAGrier) September 8, 2019
We heard you were working your ass of to pay for college, so we’re gonna give you new equipment to continue to work yourself to death just to be in debt when you actually get there because working yourself to death wasn’t enough. Great job guys! @Panthers @Lowes
— Asja (@KoKoRealness) September 8, 2019
Why not cover the cost for his edication so he doesn’t have to condone to child labor.
Again, being poor is expensive in America. Here’s an opportunity for a multi-billion dollar corporation to do some good bit they resort of the BARE MINIMUM.
What a shame. What a shame. pic.twitter.com/l5IxJVZHUf
— Wilsar™ 🇸🇱 Follows Her Curiosity (@CallMeWilsar) September 8, 2019
this isn’t a feel good story.
a) the kid shouldn’t have to pay for college.
b) he definitely shouldn’t have to mow lawns to pay for it.
c) you rich asshole corporations should have just paid for him to go to college.
what does a lawn mower even cost for fucks sake.
— Jesse Benn (@JesseBenn) September 8, 2019
Whiteness is one helluva drug.
— Pedro Nicolaci da Costa (@pdacosta) September 8, 2019
‘America is running away like rats’: Watch angry Kurds blame US troops for dead babies as they withdraw
The Associated Press obtained video of Kurds pelting American military vehicles with fruit as they withdrew from Syria.
The video was first captured by a Kurdish news agency, the AP said in a report on Monday.
“Like rats, America is running away,” one man shouted in Arabic. Another shouted obscenities and talked of babies in Kurdish-held Syria who had died in the Turkish offensive.
The scene encapsulated the Kurds’ feelings of betrayal and added a new indignity to a US withdrawal that has been rushed and involved several close brushes with Turkish-backed forces.
WATCH: White House protesters chant ‘impeach Trump’ loud enough for aides to hear
Protesters gathered in front of the White House on Sunday to call on President Donald Trump to be removed from office.
Videos circulated online showed protesters chanting "impeach Trump" close enough to the White House for staff to hear the demonstration.
In other videos, protesters were blowing loud whistles.
Meanwhile, demonstrators also greeted Trump as he visited his New Jersey golf course. Pro-impeachment protesters were also reportedly out on the streets in Boston and New York City.
Watch some of the video clips below.
Outside the White House right now:
White House urged diplomats to stay quiet about withheld aid to Ukraine: ‘Nothing to see here’
As Democrats proceed with impeachment, there are explosive new revelations almost daily related to President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that top diplomats were instructed to keep quiet about the temporary freeze on the $141 million package of aid to Ukraine.
“Keep moving, people, nothing to see here,” Brad Freden, the State Department’s acting deputy assistant secretary of Europe and Eurasia, said in an email.