Ok…I guess it’s time for me to chime in on the whole Colin Kaepernick controversy. So we’re on the same page here, over the weekend, San Fransisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand during the national anthem during a preseason game. Kaepernick then told a reporter, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”
First off, we live in a country of great freedom and as such, Colin Kaepernick IS free to not stand during that national anthem if he so pleases! The real problem I have is in his reasoning. He said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” You see, that quote speaks a lot to social agendas, political agendas, racial agendas and ties them to our nations flag and our country. That flag represents our country and our country ISN’T the government, it ISN’T social or racial ideology, what our country IS, it’s you and I, the people! Our country, like it’s people, have some bad aspects from time to time, but for the most part, it has some really good, if not great, aspects. Yeah, maybe our past is riddled with moments where those of color have been oppressed but it’s also riddled with moments where those of all color have fought and died to rise up against that sort of oppression and our future is bright with ideal that all men (and women) are created equal. Yeah, maybe it’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll, but there is no other country on this planet where, if you work hard, you can make anything of yourself no matter your color. That doesn’t sound like oppression to me. Mr. Kaepernick should take into consideration that it’s not the “oppressors” or the government he’s slighting when he chooses not to stand for the national anthem, it’s all of the inherently good people of this country that he is slighting.
Which leads me to my second point, the men and women of all colors who have served, bled and died in service to our great nation (the people). When Colin Kaepernick chooses not to stand during the national anthem, when he chooses not to show pride in our nations flag, he chooses to spit in the face of all the men and women of our armed forces who have served and died to ensure the freedoms we hold dear. Maybe it’s not something that he took into his calculations. I would hate to think Colin Kaepernick has so little regard for our nation’s (the people’s) military men and women, that he would blatantly disrespect the very service members who protect his freedom, as a man of color, to play a sport for millions of dollars while they scratch away, many times, paycheck to paycheck. That flag, that national (people’s) anthem stands for the sacrifices they have made as well.
Let me be honest, I understand Mr. Kaepernick’s want to make some sort of political or social statement of protest…it’s the American way! I just think he chose the poorest and the most inappropriate vehicle for that protest possible. That flag and that anthem stand for so much more than Colin Kaepernick EVER realized! So Mr. Kaepernick, the next time the flag is raised and the national anthem plays, I respectfully ask that you get off your ASS and show some F’ing respect!!!
Until next time!