Colin Kaepernick is Patriotic, American—and Right

Sep 27, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) looks on against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals won 47-7. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Two years ago, then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem, in protest of the violence against people of color by the police.

And lots of Americans lost their collective minds, unleashing all manner of vitriol and damnation, claiming him a traitor, calling for his firing, and wishing injury and death upon him.

Most striking has been the assertion that Kaepernick’s expression is somehow “Anti-American”.

I’m not sure these folks understand what America is, because it’s exactly that; the freedom to be and feel and do and protest those things one feels burdened to. Whatever the song actually points to and stands for, it’s a heck of a lot more important than you being concerned about someone else’s posture during the singing of the song itself.

America as an ideal isn’t about marching in lock step when you see horrible stuff happening.

It isn’t about shutting up in the face of injustice.

It isn’t about playing nice to appease those uncomfortable with your position.

It’s not about towing some subjective party line that supposedly illustrates your national pride.

It’s not about ignoring people dying, but getting worked up over a football pre game ceremony.

It’s not about some two-minute decorative moment of showy, costless patriotism.

America as an ideal, (the one from the Anthem) is about speaking boldly and demanding justice and giving voice to the voiceless, because that’s the way you respect the freedom. That is how you show gratitude for the gift. That is how you honor those who died to give you that freedom.

I’ve seen people make some ridiculous comparison of fallen soldiers with Kaepernick, as if they’re at all the same. One chose to serve in their country’s military, and the other chose to speak into perceived injustice in the country that solider fought to defend. One is a solider sacrificing for America, the other an athlete making a statement about black lives mattering in America.

This isn’t a “hero contest”. These aren’t opposing ideas. They’re lyrics to the same song.

Kaepernick is a person of color. I’ll let you determine what that has to do with the level of outrage here by white Americans (and this white, American President). All I’ll say is that the folks calling for Kaepernick’s head are like the same ones who gave Olympian Ryan Lochte a little pat on the head and a chuckling “Boys will be boys”, when he broke into and vandalized a Brazil gas station bathroom, and filed a fake robbery report before lying to the worldwide media and fleeing the country.

The double standard is notable and disturbing, and all the more reason the quarterback was right to make the statement he felt compelled to make, because of what the response to it reveals about us.

The sick feeling I get in the pit of my stomach seeing this anger, is that to some people black lives don’t matter—but their red, white, and blue songs do.

Don’t miss the heart of this: This isn’t about whether or not you like Kaepernick’s gesture or timing or methods. It’s about whether or not it’s American. It absolutely is. You’re perfectly free to not like it. That isn’t the question. It is freedom in its purest form.

Colin Kaepernick protesting during the anthem isn’t anti-American; it’s affirming the very freedom America represents and giving us a real-time example of how you leverage your influence to change things for the better. In an age where pro athletes are seen as petulant, aloof, selfish babies, he chose to use his visibility and his platform to actually give a damn and to speak into something far more important than games. Crucifying him for this is missing the point of this country spectacularly. It’s also an alarm going off that your privilege might be showing.

People who vilify Colin Kaepernick for this don’t really aren’t concerned about America. They aren’t concerned about police brutality against people of color. They really don’t care about “respecting the Anthem” either (whatever that means.)

They really want him to behave himself and play along and say nothing and dance for them.

I’m glad he chose to speak his heart and his conscience, and to sit down when they told him to stand. 

In the ways and times and manners we feel called to do the same, it’s what the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave means.

That’s a gesture worth singing about.

(This piece was originally published in August of 2016. As of today, Kaepernick still does not have a job with an NFL team, while the President of the United States recently advocated for police brutality. Patriotism isn’t really the issue here, nor is  respecting the flag, the Constitution, or America.)

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118 thoughts on “Colin Kaepernick is Patriotic, American—and Right

  1. John, once again you take a topic that is “Ultra Controversial”, just because it is about patriotism. Gosh, I wish people were more like you and see the good that is in what some people do for a very good reason.
    The American National Anthem and the Flag of the Country speak volumes about why Kaepernick was so RIGHT in his action, it was for him and those who are constantly being violated in one way or another and what a way to ‘SPEAK OUT’ , obviously the people saw it, but are they listening., obviously NOT, because of the venom spewed by most., and what a great comparison between him and Lochte. When will people start to stop this hideous circle of HATE, and start doing what the Anthem and the Flag represent., A land of Freedom and expression and supposed to be embraced in love, not hate or the type of discord that is exhibited by the comments of those who wrap themselves in the flag to admonish and hurt others.
    Thanks again John, for a very thoughtful and frank article.

  2. “Shut up and play ball: Why America can’t handle black athletes who talk about race

    “Sometime far in the future, Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem will be heralded as another example of a black athlete using his or her national platform to draw attention to the continued mistreatment of black people in the United States. Undoubtedly, former teammates, coaches, and journalists will step forward to present their memories — seen through lenses covered in vaseline so that the edges are softened and the ugly stuff excised — in which they will extol Kaepernick for his courage and for his willingness to do the right thing even though he had to know that his act would be deliberately misinterpreted by those whose kneejerk reaction to any critique of the United States is to invoke the bodies of American war dead.

    “It’s especially ironic that the military is used to somehow prove that Kaepernick is wrong for speaking up when African Americans serve their country in the military at a higher rate — 17.8% — than its proportion of the U.S. population — 13.3% — than do white people, whose proportion of the population is 77.1% but who are only represented in the military at a rate of 74.6%.

    “Kaepernick issued a statement through the NFL after the San Francisco 49ers first pre-season game, after he had failed to join the pre-game ceremony of standing for the playing of 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,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”

    “In the 1968 Olympics, two American athletes and one Australian athlete took on the entire International Olympic Committee in an effort to protest a variety of issues in which the IOC’s decisions were making it harder for black athletes all over the world to compete fairly and to live in a just world. Their actions were greeted by the American public — and by American journalists — as if they had attempted to burn the Olympic games down to the ground, and they were seen as men who had thought their egos larger than the supposed spirit of the Olympic celebration of international brotherhood (sic). Of course, the Australian athlete, Peter Norman, who took silver, was punished in Australia, which had its own abysmal human rights record toward its Aboriginal population, and the payback for his participation in the protest was that he was never allowed to represent Australia again.

    “The Mexico City Olympics began under a cloud. Less than two weeks prior to the 200-metre dash final, Mexican troops had slaughtered protesters in Tlatelolco Square. The Games were in tumult as the athletes from around the world continued to foment against IOC Chair Avery Brundage, the American Nazi-sympathizer who had allowed the United States to participate in the 1936 Hitler Olympics despite clear evidence that Brundage had prevented two Jewish-American runners from competing in order to spare Hitler embarrassment.

    “The issue going into the 1968 Olympics was the objection to allowing Rhodesia, which like South Africa, was an apartheid regime, to participate. Mexican officials refused to recognize Rhodesian passports, which had averted a planned boycott by many African countries, although some went through with their decisions not to participate. But in America, Muhammad Ali had been stripped of his World Heavyweight Boxing Championship on the basis that his refusal to serve in the military — he claimed Conscientious Objector status — made him unfit. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated in April of the same year. It was a volatile year.

    “Black athletes had already considered boycotting the Games because of their unequal treatment on the U.S. Olympic team. Tommie Smith, who would participate in the Mexico City protest, told reporters: “It is very discouraging to be in a team with white athletes. On the track you are Tommie Smith, the fastest man in the world, but once you are in the dressing rooms you are nothing more than a dirty Negro.”

    “Into this stepped two of the fastest men in the world: Tommie Smith and John Carlos. In the 200, Smith, the holder of 7 world records, finished first. Norman, the Australian, finished second, and Carlos won the Bronze. The two Americans had intended to make a statement at the podium, but Smith discovered that he had forgotten his gloves. It was Norman who suggested that Carlos wear Smith’s left glove, so that when the two men raised their hands in the “Black Power” salute while the American anthem played, each wore one glove. In addition, they appeared on the podium shoeless, but wearing black socks, to represent black poverty. Smith wore a black scarf around his neck to represent black pride. All three athletes wore badges for the Olympic Project for Human Rights.

    “The International Olympic Committee’s reaction was immediate and harsh. It told the U.S. Olympic Committee that if Smith and Carlos were not expelled from the Olympic Village, the entire American track and field team would be disqualified from further participation in the games. The USOC capitulated.

    “Tommie Smith predicted the treatment he would receive at home in a press conference: “If I win I am an American, not a black American. But if I did something bad then they would say ‘a Negro’. We are black and we are proud of being black.”

    “Not surprisingly, the people who are losing their minds over Kaepernick’s sit-down protest have used the “n” word all over Twitter, as if to prove to Kaepernick that he is allowed to be an American when he is winning games for the 49ers, but when he says something political about the state of the United States, then, it doesn’t matter how gifted or wealthy he is, he can only be defined by his skin color.

    “And, while Carlos and Smith’s protests has come down to us in history as a protest on behalf of civil rights, which strips it of its impact in a history of actions on behalf of civil rights, what happened to Smith and Carlos when they got home is shameful.

    “In 2012, Dave Zirin looked at the backlash to the 1968 Black Power salute. He writes:

    “Within hours, the IOC planted a rumor that Smith and Carlos had been stripped of their medals (although this was not in fact true) and expelled from the Olympic Village. Brundage wanted to send a message to every athlete that there would be punishment for any political demonstrations on the field of play. But Brundage was not alone in his furious reaction. The Los Angeles Times accused Smith and Carlos of a “Nazi-like salute.” Time had a distorted version of the Olympic logo on its cover but instead of the motto “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” it blared “Angrier, Nastier, Uglier.” The Chicago Tribune called the act “an embarrassment visited upon the country,” an “act contemptuous of the United States,” and “an insult to their countrymen.” Smith and Carlos were “renegades” who would come home to be “greeted as heroes by fellow extremists,” lamented the paper. But the coup de grâce was by a young reporter for the Chicago American named Brent Musburger who called them “a pair of black-skinned storm troopers.”

    “If there is any comfort for Kaepernick to take from all of this, it is that Smith and Carlos did receive support from other athletes. They recognized the courage that Carlos and Smith’s actions had taken, and they supported Smith and Carlos as the storm raged in the American media and among the American public. Already, some athletes have stepped forward to support Colin Kaepernick. One remarkable essay has shown that the Star Spangled Banner is a racist anthem that celebrates the killing of slaves. Journalists are beginning to write columns in which they point to the bravery behind a decision to do something so spectacularly unpopular in order to do what someone thinks is the right thing to do — one of those principles that Americans tell each other they admire.

    “We say that we admire individuals, and the hero who follows his conscience rather than follows the crowd. Perhaps at some point, we’ll actually start celebrating the brave men and women who stand — or sit — for what they believe in.”

  3. America Needs to Listen to What Colin Kaepernick Is Actually Trying to Say
    Too many people are talking about patriotism and etiquette instead of reckoning with the substance of his critique.

    There has been a lot of analysis—both thoughtful and noxious—of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit down during the national anthem in the past few days. Unfortunately, there has been less conversation about the politics behind his action.

    Instead of reckoning with the substance of his critique, much of the media coverage has fostered an abstract discussion about patriotism and etiquette—centering the question of whether he has the “right” to protest rather than examining what it is he’s trying to say.

    As Charles Modiano breaks down brilliantly, this is the wrong approach:

    Colin Kaepernick’s deliberate act of protest to sit out the national anthem caught the nation’s attention, and this initial sentence framed most media headlines: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.” But the meat of Kaepernick’s cause actually came two sentences later: “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

    Hold it right there: “Getting away with murder.” That is the story.

    Kaepernick makes it clear that his action was connected to the movement against police violence. But a closer examination of his 18-minute press avail on Sunday reveals even more about his motivations and thinking. The transcript itself contains the most effective defense against the legions trying to distort or delegitimize his actions.

    Responding to reporters, Kaepernick demonstrated a methodical and, whether you agree or disagree, ideologically consistent rationale for sitting out the anthem. Kaepernick is appalled by police brutality, which he sees as an expression of bipartisan, government-sanctioned violence. He wants to use his platform to raise awareness and is willing to risk his job to do it. He is, as ESPN columnist Bomani Jones put it, “asking for justice, not peace.”

    In the presser, Kaepernick said:

    These aren’t new situations. This isn’t new ground. There are things that have gone on in this country for years and years and have never been addressed, and they need to be. There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality. There’s people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. People are being given paid leave for killing people. That’s not right. That’s not right by anyone’s standards.

    When asked if he would continue to sit during the anthem, he answered,

    Yes. I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.

    He was immediately asked if this stance meant he was anti-military, and he responded:

    I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone. That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody. That’s something that’s not happening. I’ve seen videos, I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they have fought for, and have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.

    One of the more outrageous–and offensive—arguments from the sports commentariat is that because Kaepernick is biracial and was raised by white parents in a middle-class suburb, he could not understand “oppression.” This charge has been almost uniformly made by white, right-wing sportswriters. Kaepernick was asked if he “personally” felt oppressed, and he said:

    There have been situations where I feel like I’ve been ill-treated, yes. This stand wasn’t for me. This stand wasn’t because I feel like I’m being put down in any kind of way. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard, and affect change. So I’m in the position where I can do that, and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.

    This isn’t for looks. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful, to provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.

    Kaepernick also told his own story of being black in the United States:

    I’ve had times where one of my roommates was moving out of the house in college, and because we were the only black people in that neighborhood, the cops got called and we had guns drawn on us. Came in the house, without knocking, guns drawn on my teammates and roommates. So I have experienced this. People close to me have experienced this. This isn’t something that’s a one-off case here or a one-off case there. This has become habitual. This has become a habit. So this is something that needs to be addressed.

    Another argument some have made is that, while Kaepernick’s message is fine, his actions are not. That not standing for the flag is the “wrong way” to do things. Again, he had a thought-out response:

    I don’t understand how it’s the wrong way. To me, this is a freedom that we’re allowed in this country. And going back to the military, it’s a freedom that men and women that have fought for this country have given me this opportunity by contributions they have made. So I don’t see it as going about it the wrong way. This is something that has to be said, it has to be brought to the forefront of everyone’s attention, and when that’s done, I think people can realize what the situation is and then really [e]ffect change.… And the fact that it has blown up like this, I think it’s a good thing. It brings awareness. Everybody knows what’s going on and this sheds more light on it. Now I think people are really talking about it, having conversations about how to make change. What’s really going on in this country. And we can move forward.

    Kaepernick was asked about concern that he would be seen as indicting all police and again, in a focused manner, brought it back to a political argument about how broken our system of policing has become. “There is police brutality,” he said.

    People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.

    He was asked whether this was because it was an election year, which is its own statement about how we view politics in this country: something to practice for a few months every four years.

    It wasn’t a timing thing, it wasn’t something that was planned, but I think the two presidential candidates that we currently have also represent the issues that we have in this country right now. You have Hillary [Clinton], who has called black teens or black kids super predators. You have Donald Trump, who is openly racist. We have a presidential candidate (Clinton) who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me. If that was any other person, you’d be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?

    Lastly, Kaepernick was asked whether he was concerned about getting cut and said, “I don’t know. But if I do, I know I did what’s right. And I can live with that at the end of the day.”

    It is inspiring to see an athlete who cares more about the world than their own ambitions. And it is stunning that so many people are saying that an NFL player this thoughtful and selfless is somehow a “bad” role model, in a league so rife with scandal from the owner’s box to the locker room.

    It is also pathetic that so many in the sports media, who a few months ago were praising the legacy of Muhammad Ali, are coming down so ferociously on Colin Kaepernick. As if sports and politics can mix only in the past tense, and racism is something that can only be discussed as a historical question. People can choose to agree or disagree with Kaepernick’s analysis or arguments, but they should deal with the reality of the facts he’s risking his career to bring into light.

  4. The power of the National Anthem and our flag is that they represent the freedom for a half black half Italian/white bastard child of an absentee African-American father to be adopted by a loving white family and raised with opportunity to become a football playing multimillionaire… Who thinks blacks and minorities are being oppressed by the government. The men and women who died protecting that flag give him the right to be ignorant of the fact that the government made it possible for mixed bastard children of destitute mothers and deadbeat dads to be loved, cared for and nurtured.

    To agree with the premise of this post is to concede a belief in a mythical fact that police are targeting and murdering blacks. Nothing could be further from the truth and THAT is the problem with Colin’s protest. No one questions his right to protest. No one questions his right to protest using the National Anthem as his prop. And, everyone has the right to think he’s an absolute ass-hat for doing so. And we also have the right to scrutinize his actions and opinions… like perhaps, his new love for the Nation of Islam, Black Lives Matter (along with his BLM girlfriend,) Malcolm X and one of the most egregious oppressors of modern times, Fidel Castro.

    I celebrate Colin’ s recognition of freedom and mourn his utter stupidity.

  5. I stood up for the national anthem by sitting down for it

    By Paul Farhi August 31 at 8:00 AM
    Say what you will about Colin Kaepernick’s sit-down protest — and perhaps too much has already been said — but “brave” is one word that comes to mind. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before a game last week may be the last and only sure way to draw across-the­spectrum condemnation in America.

    I speak from experience. Like Kaepernick, I once sat down in protest during the anthem at an NFL exhibition game. I paid for it with my job.

    It was the summer of 1980, and I was 21, a year out of college, working as a sportswriter on a small (and now defunct) newspaper in the San Diego area. I was, I concede, a naive young adult, filled, like many young people, with lots of unearned opinions about how the world should work.

    One of my opinions was that Americans (or at least the Americans who attended sporting events) should show more respect for the anthem. At the dozens and dozens of games I covered, I noticed various degrees of indifference and inattention, and sometimes outright disrespect, while it played. I also thought this was in some ways self-inflicted; playing the anthem before every trivial game had bred this indifference and disrespect.

    So I began to stand up for the national anthem by sitting down for it. Whenever it played, I kept my seat. If someone protested my protest, I’d engage them in a discussion about respect and patriotism (as I said, I was naive — and extremely presumptuous). Not many people objected. Most people seemed confused by what I was doing.

    My Waterloo came that August when my newspaper assigned me to cover an exhibition game between the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings in Bloomington, Minn. As usual, I took my seat in the press box and did my little protest thing as the anthem played. No one said a word.

    The day after I returned to work, my editor, looking somewhat stricken, told me the publisher wanted to see me. Now.

    The publisher had one question: Why didn’t you stand up for the anthem? I was startled that he even knew — who had told him? — but I proceeded to give him my rap about it. He quickly cut me off.

    I had walked into his office as one of the newspaper’s promising young reporters. I walked out about 45 seconds later as one of the newspaper’s newly unemployed reporters.

    Several of my former colleagues later told me the team’s management had complained about me. Perhaps my newspaper could have stood up for me — freedom of speech and all that — but I knew that wasn’t going to happen. There were some mitigating circumstances that I believe made my firing inevitable.

    You see, the paper had a quiet and unethical arrangement with the Chargers, in which the team gave my small newspaper (and several others in the area) a free seat on its chartered plane and a free room at the team hotel for its away games. The Chargers never tried to dictate our coverage (at least as far as I know), but the quid pro quo was that there would be coverage. The Chargers, a legacy franchise from the old AFL, were still clearly insecure enough to think they’d fade from the headlines if they didn’t effectively underwrite the newspapers’ reporting on them.

    And so, the way I saw it, perhaps the team’s complaint about me carried some additional heft with my bosses.

    In my case, I wasn’t just fired. I was also shunned. Living in a region chocka­block with current and former military, I had become a pariah. None of the top managers and editors at the paper ever spoke to me again.

    I wouldn’t suggest that my protest measures up to Kaepernick’s. My “cause,” such as it was, was abstract and perhaps even abstruse. His is huge and important: the brutalization of American citizens by the very people who are supposed to protect them.

    But I do understand the kind of fire Kaepernick is playing with. Americans disagree about almost everything, but the flag and the anthem are usually not among them. There’s something inviolate about them; they speak to our noblest ideals, no matter how often we fall short of them.

    Which makes me believe that it takes deep conviction — and, yes, courage — for a public figure like Kaepernick to protest in this way.

    Like me, Kaepernick may end up losing his job, or facing years of scorn, as Tommie Smith and John Carlos did after their black-glove protest during the 1968 Olympics. And that would be a shame, as well as perverse. In the end, one of the ideals the flag and the anthem represent is the freedom that has allowed Colin Kaepernick to be so disrespectful.

  6. This issue is a convuluted one from both sides of the aisle, but particularly from the left. I find this topic typically, discussed from either ignorance, intellectual dishonesty, moral reprehension (self-righteousness) or hate.

    My stance in life is that God has chosen me to be His son. Jesus Christ is the King of my world and His Kingdom, which by the way, is not observable.

    The flip side of that coin is where we live physically, which is called the Dominon of Darkness. This is the world referenced so often throughout the Bible.

    If you were to step back from these posts and even from your (my) point of view for a moment, you will see the outright rage and hate from both points of view.

    This is why when I first commented on an earlier post, I declared that man is not good and that anything that is good, comes only from God. I cannot back down from that stance, particualary since God has revealed that truth to me and in light of so many arguments over who is right and who is wrong.

    Basically, what I see is “I loathe you because you loathe the black lives matter movement” or “I loathe you because you loathe me who loathes BLM.

    Do you see that both sides, loathe. Both sides, hate. One does it thinking they are the moral authority and the other, because they support a terrorist group.

    The ends never justifies the means from God’s point of view. Who is more moral here: The guy who murders babies in the womb or the guy who throws blood on the guy who murders babies in the womb?

    Because of this notion that one side is good and the other bad, and both sides despise the other, neither are of the Kingdom of God in as far as their own moral code constitutes.

    I will not comment on the Kaepernick or his position. Matters not to me.

    But this war on bigotry, supposed, invented, or even real, is still just the self-righteous doing what they consider to be good works.

    If anyone really cared, and they wanted to combat whatever social injustice they were passionate about, the way to do it, from a disciple’s position, is to love their enemy. But again, the only one who can love is God and He does it through His disciples. Man just isn’t holy enough in his humanity to produce the kind of love God demands.

    Jesus did not march against slavery, social injustice, etc. He did not come to overthrow the Roman slave-masters. He lost most of His disciples because He wouldn’t be manipulated within the Dominon of Darkness by people who are citizens of it. No. Instead of fighting, He died for His enemies. Think about that for a moment.

  7. Lebron James is sending 1,100 students to Akron Univ for FREE. He is not just paying for their school, he and his organization are mentoring these students through high school and rewarding them with something that will help them succeed – a degree.

    Kaepernick sat down and wore socks with pigs on them.

  8. My father was a police officer for 37 years. He’s one of the most racist people I’ve ever known. I also worked for a county sheriff’s department for several years in the 1990s. There were some good officers, but there was also a large minority of degenerates as well. I’d say 35-40%. It was the main reason I left. The employment experience was incredibly eye opening. I’ve been suspicious and wary of police ever since. And I’m white.

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  10. Kaepernick has a right to protest in whatever way that he would like. The company that he works for has the right to fire him for it. The customers of the company that he works for have the right to dislike his actions and anyone else who does the same. They also have the right to stop doing business with any other company that has employees that act in such a way.
    Since “hands up don’t shoot” was proven to be a lie and it was actually “fight a police officer in his car for his gun, and then charge him like a bull when he was out of the car” I have little respect for anyone using BLM as an example of anything as an organization.
    It is distinctly possible that more black people get shot by police because more black people are running in gangs and committing crimes. Unfortunately that’s not actually the case. In all actuality more white people are shot by police officers. Most black people who get shot are shot by other black people. I don’t see many BLM people mentioning that.

  11. Sorry dude, you are waaaay off the mark here. Yes, he can take a knee, no problem. No one (unless it is a fringe element – and those exist on both sides of the fence) is saying he should be hurt, or fined, or jailed. He can say all he wants. BUT I have the same right to NOT patronize the NFL if I don’t like it. We are ALL responsible for our own actions. If it means him losing a job, I have zero problem with it. Again, he ( and any other player) has the right to do this, but I’ll not support it (my right). If he’s so sincere, he should protest full time. The sad part is, million-dollar protesters greatly detract from real problems. And create their own. Deal with it.

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