This is duty, honor, determination and heroism.
This is sacrifice.
This is a grotesquely overpaid adolescent that knows not duty, honor, determination, heroism or sacrifice:
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
His latest refusal to stand for the anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.
‘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.’
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: ‘The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.’
The NFL also released a statement, obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport: ‘Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the national anthem.’
“But it’s his right!” Indeed it is. We all have the right to make jackasses of ourselves, but most of us choose not to exercise it.
And who, one wonders, is being oppressed? Kaepernick’s vacuous statement suggests he’s referring to black thugs lawfully and necessarily killed by the police, and perhaps even Freddie Gray, a drugged petty criminal that accidently killed himself in a likely “crash for cash” scheme. One can’t expect highly paid athletes to be aware of reality. After all, a great many are unable to negotiate college without unethical help, and more and more of them are proving to be the kinds of witless thugs–rape, spousal abuse, etc.–about which Kaepernick so pretends to care.
I don’t imagine for a moment that Kaepernick will do any actual research. Like good progressives everywhere, he’s relying on feelings and narratives, but he would be well served to visit these archives here at SMM, where he can find the facts that just might keep him from behaving like a shallow fool:
And what sort of oppression are “people of color” facing? Kaepernick doesn’t say, but I suspect he’s miffed because immigration laws are actually being enforced from time to time.
The oppression Kaepernick suffers is oppressive indeed. According to Sportrac.com, last year Kaepernick made a bit under $20 million dollars, and that in a year in which the 49ers’ went 5-11. I suspect most Americans would think that pretty good for a black person. Actually, they’d think that ridiculously good for any color person.
I admit it: I’m a white guy. I can’t feel the horrors of the kind of oppression Kaepernick has endured. Granted, he was raised by a white family, who, by all accounts, did well by him, and he does make millions a year, still, I’m sure, being black, he has suffered mightily. But on the other hand, race is no excuse for behaving like an overly-emotional idiot.
UPDATE, 08-28-16 1740 CST:
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Among his other disorders, he’s probably also a sufferer of affluenza.
He converted to Islam last spring ,and we know BLM and the Nation ofIslam are both cuuk coo for coca puffs
race is no excuse for behaving like an overly-emotional idiot..
Over-emotional idiot, sums up most of the liberal population. Everything is a crisis in their world, and if YOU would just get out the way government will fix everything. Quick run for your safe space and embrace yourself.
His parents must be so proud, I’m serious! This guy obviously was brought up by Russian Mi-26 helicopter parents and never experienced the real world. Critical thinking isn’t his strong suit. Just another useful liberal idiot.
He really needs to travel more. If he thinks the USA is opressive he is in for a big surprise.
Mike McDaniel said:
Perhaps a sight-seeing tour of Iran or North Korea?
Colin Kaepernick was probably a BMOC in high school and college, but that was when he could be a big fish in a fairly small pond. Like a lot of people who were star athletes in school, he may be finding out that he is just not good enough for the big leagues.
And he may be using this controversy as a smokescreen. His performance on the field has been sub par, and he was sidelined for an injury much of the time. He may have realized that they were getting tired of paying him $19,000,000 to sit on the bench. So, now, if he gets fired (or if his contract is not renewed when it expires, which amounts to the same thing), he can claim that they sacked him because of his “activism.” He may even file some sort of discrimination suit.
The “bodies in the street” that he whines about obviously do not include white people murdered by thugs. They do not even include innocent black people murdered by criminals. The reference to “paid leave” makes it clear that he is alluding to police shootings. Cases of violent criminals who were justifiably shot in self-defense by their intended victims.
As usual, “Black Lives Matter” means “Thugs’ Lives Matter.” And then only when they can be exploited for ones’ own purposes. Colin probably would not have taken the time or trouble to spit on Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, or Philando Castile if they had accidentally set themselves on fire while freebasing cocaine.
Mike McDaniel said:
What you said.
Char Char Binks said:
He’s protesting FOR racial injustice, not AGAINST it.
I never thought of Kaepernick as black. Maybe a mocha latte?
We’ll just put him down (literally and figuratively) as yet another millionaire down with the struggle!
Mike McDaniel said:
Power to the people, right on!
There are very few countries where Colin Kaepernickwould be so blessed to earn $1 milliono, let alone $20 million. He’s a spoiled out of touch mulatto jackass too stupid to count his blessings one of which is the luck to have been born in the United States instead of any number of the hell holes on this planet.
Could not agree more with you. Men and women fought and died for this flag, let alone the National Anthem has nothing to with black people or police brutality.
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