Colin Kaepernick’s sits during National Anthem, before the pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers, to protest the death of African-Americans at the hands of the police. The response will be a social media firestorm that the 28 years old player will have to deal with for the rest of his NFL career and life. The way he choose to protest the racial injustice in USA will split everybody into 2 camps that will only see their point of view and only part of the protest reason.
A former soldier responded on social media: he spoke of many USA soldiers fighting for the right to free speech and mentioned all the great wars they won, but didn’t mention anything about the reason why Colin is protesting by not standing during the anthem. The soldier was a white person who either doesn’t care or doesn’t want to know about the violent deaths of African-American and high poverty rate, which is a major cause for inner city issues.
My response to him was: All the victories you mentioned had African-American soldiers die for the flag. The ones that did come back to the USA had to deal with Jim Crow, poverty and still have African-Americans killed for questionable reasons by Police or neighbourhood watch volunteer. Yes, USA has freedom of speech, but it is not Equal Opportunity for all. I will agree that Colin should find another way to protest.
I thought after posting the comment should Kaepernick find another way to protest because his actions has put American race relations in the news. A white USA soldier and I each responded to the post about the 49ers quarterback stance. It has made people think, talk and hopefully discuss why are African-Americans more likely to be incarcerated and killed? The high unemployment rate and extreme poverty that many Blacks have to deal with every day in the USA.
This is reminiscent of Muhammad Ali not wanting to help USA recruit African-Americans to fight the Vietnam War. Ali had to give up his Heavy Weight Championship belt and not fight for a few years. His stance years later was looked upon as heroic in the lenses of American history.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets didn’t stand for National Anthem because of his religious beliefs in 1996 during an NBA game and was fined for his actions. http://www.denverstiffs.com/2013/9/3/4682642/mahmoud-abdul-rauf-sometimes-you-have-to-sit-to-make-a-stand
Jim Crow Laws were only made illegal in 1954 (https://www.britannica.com/event/Jim-Crow-law ) that is only 62 years ago. African-American who died fighting for the flag, liberty and freedom came back not as heroes instead they had to deal with segregation and USA ideals they fought was not true for them.
I don’t believe many African-American athletes will follow him in his protest because the endorsement dollars they may lose. Many African-American athletes will be asked about the injustices. It will be interesting to see if White athletes will be asked the same questions, probably not.
Colin Kaepernick will not treated as such, but he should be praised for standing up against social injustices he sees even though it has not happened to him personally, because he is a former NFL star. Right now he is struggling to make the 49ers roster. It could be the end of his NFL career soon.
Thank you Colin, for making a stand.
Do you think Colin should find another way to protest?
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