First and foremost, Colin Kaepernick has the right to kneel down, stand up or take a shower during the playing of our national anthem. It’s his right. It’s called freedom and that is what so many selfless Americans have given their lives for. And continue to do so.
But there is a misnomer in this country. Just because your CAN do something doesn’t make it a great idea to actually do it. Kaepernick suffers from this point of view. Can he kneel? Yes. Should he? With a resounding NO, he shouldn’t. Why?
Before I get into that, let me point out what his reason for doing this in the first place. Colin believes that “people of color” are being treated unjustly in this country. As a whole, no they are not. In certain instances, yes, they are. I wrote a post which you can read here called, Do Black Lives Only Matter When Whites Take Them. Blacks have committed the most murders against blacks by a three to one margin vs. white people. Until the Black Lives Matter movement gets upset and does something about that, I will not give the attention I might have in the white police officer’s cases. The bottom line is I have trouble with this coming from a man with Colin’s background. Have you seen a picture of his adopted parents? Here you go:
Colin is going to make million dollars this year. He will be able to live out his life in whatever lifestyle he desires. No problem with that, he has worked hard, I’m sure. My question to him would be, “What sacrifices are you making towards the solution to this problem?” And don’t count kneeling during a song SACRIFICE. Unfortunately, your “protest” is garnering unwanted attention to you and not to what you intended. The public is much more interested in the way you chose to protest than the issue itself.
Colin, do you have enough shoes?
Which leads me to why is this such a darn big deal for so many people, including myself.
There are not many times when Americans come together for the same cause. Between politics and sports, we love to argue until somebody vomits. The National Anthem is different. Very different. To many, the Anthem is America. You need to be respectful. That’s what this is about. Lack of respect. When MANY look at the stars and stripes, put their hands over their hearts and begin to sing the Anthem, they feel like they belong to something greater than themselves. Land of the free, home of the brave. That’s us. That’s why Kaepernick is getting so much backlash. If you can’t respect the country that has given you so much, there are planes leaving every hour for another country.
To take it a step further. Most of the time you see the flag and the Anthem sang, it at a sporting event. A color guard made up of military members are the people presenting the flag. Thus, we correlate the Anthem as our symbol of the military. I don’t care if you think it’s right or wrong, I was in the service and that’s the way I see it. When you kneel for the Anthem, you’re saying to all the members of the military, past and present, I don’t respect you. My agenda is more important than your respect.
The Flag still stands for freedom, and you can’t take that away.
Many journalists have recently come out as quasi-social-injustice-change-agents, seeking to point out how Colin is right to do this and we are too ignorant to understand. They scold us as if the public is some 2nd-grade, petulant child who doesn’t understand why he can’t have candy. Save it, MLK Jr. Since you mention nowhere in your articles about the reason we are upset shows me that you, the media, have no intention of wanting to write truth, but taking the side of the athlete is better for them. You never know when you might need a story.
I hope that Kaepernick someday understands why people are upset.