Colin Kaepernick and his Anthem Protest

Colin Kaepernick
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Colin Kaepernick’s Joke of a Protest

Since late August, August 26, 2016 to be exact, (more on that later) Colin Kaepernick has caused quite the uproar

Colin Kaepernick
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throughout our already fractured nation. What is really happening in the NFL in regards to Anthem protests?

Colin Keapernick says he is protesting the treatment of blacks in America and the continued oppression and discrimination, especially with regard to police shootings.

When called on the issue, and according to his entry in Wikipedia, Kaepernick said,  “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.”  

It’s funny that his entire Wikipedia entry is based solely on football. He does not appear to have any foundations. He does support Camp Taylor.

I don’t always put good stock in Wikipedia, but it’s a good starting point. When one Googles Colin Kaepernick foundation the first link to pop up is for Camp Taylor.  I have yet to find any other foundation in his name.

What is Colin Kaepernick really Protesting?

If Colin Kaepernick felt he or any other blacks were truly being oppressed and discriminated against, why doesn’t he use his money and influence to help bring about change? There are many links to reports saying he is going to donate a million dollars to charities. Sadly, those reports are all dated after he was called to the carpet for his protest.

So, how does a bi-racial kid who is raised by white parents get to raise a stink about social injustices where blacks are concerned.  It just doesn’t seem like his fight.  And that’s why I’m calling bullshit.

He is an American and has a right to protest. He is an American and has a right to say what he says. But what many of you fail to see is that he outright lied to y’all.

Let’s look at some aspects of Mr. Kaepernick’s life:

  • He was born to a single, destitute white woman.
  • His black father was no where to be found or anywhere in the vicinity of Colin while he was growing up.
  • His birth mother gave him up for adoption to a white couple who lived in the hot bed of black on black crime and oppression known as Fond du Lac Wisconsin. (yes, I wrote that statement hoping it oozes sarcasm).
  • He later moved to California. So, early on, Colin does not know the struggles of inner-city black kids.

Again, I’ll say it just doesn’t seem like his fight.

Colin Kaepernick’s Temper Tantrum

Colin Kaepernick carried out his protest on August 26, 2016 which just so happened to be the third game of the 2016 NFL preseason. Ask yourself why this is significant.

Typically, the third game of the NFL preseason utilizes the starters.  The third game showcases what’s to come for coaches. This game gives coaches the insight needed to make sure the starting lineups are set and secured. It helps coaches make moves toward the regular season.

So, if a former starter, who is fighting for his job, is deemed the backup in that third game of the NFL preseason, he can ultimately see the writing on the wall.

Kaepernick realized just before game time he wasn’t the starting QB. He threw a fit. kaepernick displayed great kindergarten form. He outraged a nation. He was called to the principal’s office. Kapernick produced an excuse he thought would garner sympathy. He was mistaken.

Colin Kaepernick’s Reasons for Protesting

“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.”

He’s got two separate issues going on in his statement that I can see. First, he says he can’t stand for a flag of a country that still oppresses black people and people of color. Huh?

This is the country that took great strides to end slavery (a tradition brought over from England and not one that originated here).  If this country practiced oppression in America, there would be no black people and people of color in positions like CEO’s Doctors, Lawyers, Senators, Congressmen, Quarterbacks (remember a time people thought blacks couldn’t be QB’s)or President.

Now, I am 100 percent certain discrimination still exists today but it extends to whites, women, Jewish people, certain religions and a bevvy of other groups and not specific to people of color.

The Real Issue is black on black (or people of color on people of color) Crime

In the latter part of his statement, Kaepernick gets to the real issue when he says, “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Who are these people getting paid leave and getting away with murder? Are they the dozens to hundreds to thousands of black, or people of color,  gang bangers who are putting these bodies in the street on an hourly basis across America? Probably not. I’m pretty sure he is referring to police shooting blacks and people of color and getting paid for it and away with it.

If this is the issue that outrages Colin Kaepernick, why did he wait until he was benched during this preseason to speak out? Why did he use the National Anthem on a semi national stage, Now, to make his concerns known? These shootings have been happening, in great numbers, since, at least Michael Brown and 2014. Why wait until now to speak about this perceived injustice?

If Colin Kaepernick wants to speak out over this, he can. However, he should have started with a few statements in the hundreds of press conferences or appearances he’s made of the last few years. he should have spoken out at practice or tried to recruit some guys to help him carry out the cause.

 

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