“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media. “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand.”
Colin Kaepernick can’t play professional football because he took to one knee rather than stand for the national anthem? What happened to freedom of expression? What happened to free speech? Is this still America?
I’m glad Mr. Kaepernick is socially conscious and courageous enough to take a stand (pun intended) by kneeling to protest the political climate that is negatively affecting many Americans — police shoot and kill unarmed black men in the streets of America and go free. Kaepernick protested in a respectful manner. That is not what happened in Charlottesville where a variety of white supremacists groups gathered for a rally. Heather Heyer was killed by one of them for standing for the rights of the oppressed. Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates died in a helicopter crash while on duty monitoring their violent event. We need protest. We need police protection. We don’t need another civil war.
I believe each of us should take a stand for a worthy and just cause. We should take a stand for our own rights and for those who can’t stand for their rights. Now is the time for all people in prominent positions who have a voice and a following to use their status for the good of the nation. I am not for speech which promotes and encourages violence. I deplore hate speech. However, America allows free speech for all. People can choose what side they support. I am slightly encouraged by some Republicans who have taken a stand against the racists’ violence on Facebook, Twitter, television, and other forums. Will their actions back up their words?
President Trump encouraged violence during his campaign. He continues to divide Americans each time he speaks. The majority of the Republican Party supports the president regardless of his objectionable behavior and divisive speech.
NAACP called for a boycott of the NFL, telling people to boycott game attendance and television viewing. It seems that a clearer message would be sent if all NFL players agree to take a stand by taking a knee at their game openers, that is, all players who are socially conscious.
There are people who stand for the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance, yet they teach and preach bigotry? There are those who stand for the national anthem yet stand against health care, immigration, voting rights, equal protection under the law, and a living wage?
What about those who stand for the national anthem but will not stand against police brutality? And those who stand for the flag yet stand against a peaceful protest by Black Lives Matter? Many of them are in the clergy, congress, state houses, and the white house. Some who fight against their fellow citizens probably stand for the anthem. They may even consider themselves patriots.
Colin Kaepernick is not what is wrong in America. There is too much ignorance. Ignorance breeds fear of “the other.” Hasn’t that become apparent over the last two years? If Kaepernick cannot get a job with the NFL, perhaps it is not because no coach wants to work with him. Owners want players to help them get to the Super Bowl, win the trophy, gold ring, and prestige. If Kaepernick doesn’t get a job because he is not good enough on the field, that is another matter. However, if it’s because of his social or political activism, then maybe it is someone higher than the owners, someone who “owns” the owners keeping Kaepernick off the football field. “Be Inspired”