The Case For Kaepernick
It has been less than a week since Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem against the Green Bay Packers. In this time there has been a flurry of anger, outrage, and hatred in his direction.
However, one has to wonder, is all of this anger justified?
Let’s start with what actually happened, in case you missed it.
During the pregame playing of the National Anthem and presentation of the colors, Colin Kaepernick remained seated on the bench. After the game he explained that he was protesting by sitting because, “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 is the product of an interracial couple and was adopted by an all white family.
Initially there was only negative views of Kaepernick’s stance, but there has been a growing support system for the young quarterback.
There are two main arguments that are being waged against him.
- It is disrespectful to the soldiers both past and present that have fought and died for your right to stand for the flag and the anthem.
- How is Kaepernick oppressed? He is a wealthy, NFL quarterback.
As far as the first argument goes, people who bring this up seem to forget that not only did our soldiers fight and die for our right to stand and show respect for the flag, but they did the same for the right to sit.
The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Kaepernick exercised his freedom of speech in a simple, peaceful action. It is not as though he stomped on a flag, or was belligerent in his behavior; he was not attempting to persuade others to join him, nor did he say he was doing it before to draw attention or seek approval; he simply remained seated. It is hard to get much more peaceful than that.
Even doing it peacefully and exercising his right as an American, has not silenced the crowd that is for the men and women who have served.
However, currently trending on Twitter is the tag, VeteransForKaepernick. Veterans of all backgrounds, man and woman, black and white, are sharing their support for Kaepernick. Here is a sample of some of the tweets:
Don’t use my service–or that of any veteran–to justify the silencing of black Americans. Not on my watch. #VeteransForKaepernick
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 31, 2016
— Baltic Avenue (@Baltic_Avenue) August 31, 2016
— Charles Bassett (@CharlesBassett) August 31, 2016
These views obviously do not reflect every veteran’s beliefs, but it does show you that they are not all offended by the protest either.
As far as Colin Kaepernick being oppressed goes, people could be right. He may have never been oppressed like he is saying that African-Americans currently are, however, he never claimed that he was the oppressed one.
There is the chance that perhaps he is using his position as a high-profile athlete to bring awareness to something and actually get people to have a discussion about it. If this were the case, hasn’t he succeeded in that mission? Even when people say that he is only doing it for attention, that could also be a possibility, but he still has them talking about the issue of racism in our country.
Many people have expressed their views on social media that perhaps he should have helped the African-American community in a different way. That he should be donating some of the millions of dollars he makes to those communities to help them.
However, at some point, he has to start somewhere to help those communities, and this could be a way to spread the message and recruit others at a much faster rate. After all, our country focuses so much on the negative things that happen instead of the positive. By doing something that has sparked this level of controversy, he has made it a public issue. Whereas if he had just donated money, that story may never have gotten outside of that community.
Whether you agree with Kaepernick or not, the issue he is talking about is not one that can be overlooked. People say that racism in America is dead, based upon the fact that we have high powered African-Americans around the country, including our President.
Unfortunately, the gains of a few do not translate into the gains of all. As a nation, we continue to try and unite. However, it is our inabilities to look past our differences, whether those are based on appearance or beliefs, that continue to hold us back from true progress.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/the-case-for-kaepernick/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/920x920-2.jpg?fit=920%2C613&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/920x920-2.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1FootballGreen Bay PackersNFLRecent PostsSan Francisco 49ers#veteransforkaepernick,Colin Kaepernick,kaepernickIt has been less than a week since Colin Kaepernick's protest of the National Anthem against the Green Bay Packers. In this time there has been a flurry of anger, outrage, and hatred in his direction. However, one has to wonder, is all of this anger justified? Let's start with what...Malachi DavidMalachi Davidmalachidavid89@Gmail.comContributorHey there! Journalism student in the dairy state. Covering NBA and the NFL.MyFantasySportsTalk