San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem during his team’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, citing the “oppression” of black people in America.
No sooner did he stand down, photos of the oppressed young man appeared faster than a speeding bullet….
This is Colin, oppressed.
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he reportedly said. “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.”
Kaepernick said he’s not “looking for approval” and only wanted to “stand up for people that are oppressed.”
More oppression Colin is suffering as a black. His home and his sneaker collection.
Hey, the man earns his money and can spend it however he wants, but it seems to me, crazy as this may sound, that if he feels so strongly about blacks being oppressed, he could take his hard earned cash and put it toward actually helping blacks up. Not standing for the anthem only gives HIM attention, not any problem he perceives to be true. How did his sitting down help any oppressed black today? It didn’t.
Social media has gone wild, many people like Kurt Schlicter tweeting endlessly..
But for the response from regular folk, all you have to do is read the thread from Weasel Zippers. The comments, if you select Best first, are incredible.
If Kaepernick feels strongly that blacks are oppressed, he has every right to fight for them but he was hired to be a football player by the NFL and during game time, I say game rules apply. If you are expected to stand, you do. But of course, wimpy wimpy NFL gives Colin an out. Geez, does NO ONE today have to be responsible for their actions?
Puke city, the comment from the 49ers.
“In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” the statement said.
I am old school when it comes to helping. I believe in it strongly, I believe giving back is part of who we are. That helping people up and out is critical to all mankind, no matter one’s color. But I also was taught that doing work does not mean making a public statement, that the best work is done quietly, without limelight, anonymously. Colin could take a few lessons in humility.
By the way, the 49ers lost so Colin wasn’t doing his job as quarterback well either. Ha ha.
I saw this Tweet and had to add it to the end. Twoke is a new vocab word for me, but I like it.