Recently, as reported by ESPN, Colin Kaepernick, Quarterback for the San Francisco 49er’s, decided to make a bold statement. Unfortunately this statement was how to be the biggest a** on National Television.
The statement that he chose to make was to sit during the playing of the National Anthem at the beginning of a recently televised game. Packed stadium full of fans, team owners in attendance, and a large audience watching the game at home.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick told NFL Media after Friday’s game.
Here are a few facts about Mr. Kaepernick. He is Bi-racial. He was adopted and raised by a loving White family. He is being paid a reported salary of $123,000,000.00 to play football. The team owners are also white, BTW. So far I’m not getting the whole ‘oppressed’ thing.
Oh it’s for “his” people. Who are they? The Whites? The Blacks? The Latinos? I guess with him being Bi-Racial he can chose who he wants to call his “people.”
Not about race
The National Anthem does not stand for racial pride. It does not stand for oppression. It stands for Freedom. It stands along with our Flag as symbols of this Nation. It stands for the Freedoms we all enjoy. Even the freedom to sit while the Anthem is being played. This freedom has been bought at a high price: men and women giving their lives to ensure it.
This is a disgusting display of being an “attention whore.” With all his money and fame, he is by no means “oppressed.” If he felt so bad for those of “his’ brothers and sisters dying in the streets, why not use some of those millions to give them a hand up. (Not a hand out).
That’s not the point. The point is to draw attention to one’s self. See me. See how I am standing for you in solidarity.
America loves football – don’t wreck it
Meanwhile, back to reality. America loves Football. Almost as much as NASCAR. The fans are seriously into being patriotic. The colors of red, white, a blue run deep.
From the cans of PBR to the helmets of some of the teams (go Patriots). Our sports are our escape from the ugliness of day to day life. A break. A connection with like minded fans. We do not want to see it marred by displays of stupidity and outright disrespect as we saw here.
An Army Ranger’s thoughts:
In an article from Independent Journal Review, they interviewed Dorian Majiad, an Army Ranger who served in Iraq.
“To disrespect the country that has afforded him the opportunities and fortunes he acquired is only made more offensive by the fact that his life is the personification of the ideals I see in the American Flag and the National Anthem: a biracial child, raised by white parents, and who has accomplished much despite his ‘oppression.’ In how many more nations around the world can a story like that come to fruition?”
And then there is Sam
During the Olympics, a Team USA Pole Vaulter, Sam Kendricks, an Army Reservist, stopped in the middle of his run to stand at attention while the National Anthem was being played for another of his team mates who had won a medal. He just stopped in mid run, dropped the pole and stood. That is respect. That is an American Athlete.
No, he wasn’t being paid millions. Yes, he was part of the U.S. Military where respect is instilled. But the contrast is shocking.
As far as I’m concerned, these protests groups, BLM, NBPM, and so on are nothing more that hate groups and for the most part, domestic terrorists. They should be given the same courtesy as any other terrorist on American soil gets…a free trip to somewhere that doesn’t exist for an extended, undisclosed length of time.
Rights? Like they mattered to those people in the first place. They scream and yell about the lack of rights all the while denying the rights of others. Their “cause” is nothing more than a reason for destruction, looting, and their 15 mins of fame on television -which the Lame Stream Media is more than happy to provide.
In closing, Colin Kaepernick is still in competition for the quarterback slot for the 2016/2017 regular season. I wonder what the owners of the SF 49er’s are thinking about their liabilities in keeping him on the roster. Just a thought.