Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Not Standing For Kaepernick
The latest hero of the left is San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He is making headlines, but not for his talent. In fact, his career is fading.
Kaepernick has a long record of tweeting anti-American sentiments like this one: "Folks always want to make it seem like White Supremacy is whiteness gone wild. No. It's a standard [American] practice." Evidently that wasn't getting him enough attention so he's now refusing to stand for the National Anthem.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," he said, adding, "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
Irony hangs heavy in the air. In 2014, Kaepernick signed a multi-year contract for $126 million. All he has to do is look down the bench at his next game and he will see multiple black Americans who are millionaires.
The stands of our football stadiums are filled with fans of all races and ethnic backgrounds who cheer or boo players, not based on the color of their skin, but based on their performance.
Kaepernick says he will continue sitting during the National Anthem until the oppression stops, until blacks are no longer shot by people. But 98% of the time black people are shooting other black people.
This is a sad reminder that to the extent people of color are being hurt or oppressed in America it is often at the hands of other people of color. Kaepernick is proof of that.
His black father abandoned him and his mother. He was eventually adopted in "racist America," which has reelected its first black president, by a white couple. Kaepernick was obviously able to overcome that difficult beginning.