A few days ago, Colin Kaepernick made headlines (not the good ones) by refusing to stand for the National Anthem.
For him to stand for the National Anthem is not a good look at all. He has a right to free speech, but it’s a slap in the face to the veterans that put their lives on the line to defend this great country. This guy grew up with adopted parents who took him in when his birth dad walked out on him, paid for his training in sports when he grew up.
He also went to Nevada and did a phenomenal job as quarterback over there, even leading the Wolfpack to an upset over Boise State one year, and in his rookie year, not only set the record for most rushing yards in a game by a quarterback, but led the 49ers to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1994.
He’s getting paid millions of dollars, and he plays one of the most popular sports in America. There are people around the world that wish that they had the talent and the millions of dollars that he possesses. Yet he still feels the need to complain. The reason he refused to stand up was because he felt that people of color are being “oppressed”. He also feels that police are “getting away with murder”, just for doing their jobs, and called Donald Trump a racist.
Give me a break. He is treated better here than he would be in countries such as North Korea, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia. He has no clue what military servicemen and police officers have to go through on a day to day basis. They put their lives on the line, and for him to call them out is pretty disheartening.
As a black man, I know that America doesn’t have a perfect past, but I don’t care about the past, I care about creating a better future. America is far from a perfect country, but nevertheless, it’s one of the best countries in the world, and I’m proud to be an American. We live in the greatest country in the world. We live in the land of opportunity.
If America is so oppressive to people of color, why did we, in 2008, elect a black President?
If America is so oppressive to minorities, why do blacks and Hispanics hold government office in cities across the United States?
If America is so oppressive to minorities, why do young kids admire sports stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Richard Sherman, and music stars like Beyonce, Kanye West, Jay-Z, etc.?
If America is so oppressive, why do immigrants come here with nothing, some even risking their lives, to live the American dream?
If America is so oppressive, why do we have the right to vote in yearly elections?
We live in an integrated society where people of all races and religions can congregate. Racism is virtually dead in America. I feel safer in this era as a black man than I would have in 1916. Back then, blacks were treated like second-class citizens. They were seen as lower life forms. They could not advance very far, if at all due to Jim Crow Laws. Segregation was the law of the land. Political parties didn’t care about civil rights at all.
Now, in the modern day, we have political parties that are vying for our votes. There are no more Jim Crow laws. Blacks are treated better now than they were 100+ years ago. Jobs, public spaces, teams, hotels, businesses, you name it, are integrated. And yet Colin Kaepernick wants to complain.
While I’m on the topic of the American flag, earlier today, Travelers Rest High School in South Carolina initially banned the American flag from being flown at games, but thankfully reversed it hours later. The fact that this flag-banning nonsense reached South Carolina of all places is really disturbing.
Like I said before, the American flag is a part of America, regardless of the past.
With this stupid stunt he pulled, Colin Kaepernick pissed off a lot of people, and even a couple of fans burned his jersey as well. What he did was very hurtful and insulting to his teammates, to the league, to children that were fans of his, and to families of veterans. He needs to make things right. He needs to man up and apologize because crap like that is truly offensive. If he doesn’t, I wouldn’t cut him, but I would suspend him indefinitely to send a message.
And if Colin Kaepernick doesn’t like America, then he is welcome to leave.