Let’s talk about Colin Kaepernick today and his refusal to stand during the national anthem.
Kaepernick is doing this to raise awareness about racism in America and specifically the way minorities are treated by the police. Do you have a problem with this? Many people do. Some don’t. I’m in the latter group. What he’s doing makes me uncomfortable. It’s not something I would do. He has every right to do it though. I would think that most of us would agree about that.
Is his refusal to stand disrespecting our flag, our fallen soldiers, and our country? Not in my opinion. Wasn’t our country founded by protesters? Isn’t the right to protest part of what makes our country uniquely great? Also, I think it’s worth mentioning that this is about as peaceful a protest as you could ever have. He’s literally doing nothing but sitting. This is the Seinfeld of protests. Many on the right will often criticize BLM or other types of protests that become violent, and I get that. Well, here’s about as non-violent of a protest as you could ever have.
Kaepernick is using his celebrity to raise awareness about an issue that he cares deeply about. He’s putting himself out there. Subjecting himself to ridicule and I’m sure, many types of nasty comments. Maybe even to threats. Why? He’s doing it to stand up for those that don’t have the voice that he has. He’s standing up for people by sitting down. He picked a very savvy way to bring attention to an issue that he cares about. I just can’t have a problem with that.
You probably thought I’d go for Jimi on this one, huh? Throwing you a curve ball though and going with Marvin.