I wanted to speak out on the recent controversy that is Colin Kaepernick. I'm sure we are all familiar with the story, but just in case you've been living under a rock for the last week and a half, Colin Kaepernick is the 28 year old, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who refused to stand during the National Anthem, thus far this season. In an interview with NFL media Kaepernick made the statement:
"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."
Kaepeernick also commented on how he felt as though military men and women coming home from overseas and upon retirement aren't being treated with the respect they deserve via resources and compensation offered. He has been very vocal about how he isn't trying to be disrespectful, yet wants to use his platform to affect a greater cause.
My opinion on the matter at hand is, good for you Colin! Over the last week and a half veterans and military men and women have been spotted on social media posting signs that read "military men/women sitting with Kaepernick." In conjunction with the support, of course, comes the scrutiny. One opinion I've seen multiple times is how he can't relate to other people of color on certain issues because he isn't oppressed. I say to you, #1 Unless you are a person of color, especially a black male, you will never understand that particular narrative. Therefor you can't tell him, a black male, how he can feel. #2 When it comes to the narrative of police brutality privilege does not save you. Whether you make $1 a day or $1,000 a day, as a black male, he still has a sense of fear and caution over something simple like a routine traffic stop. Oppressed or not.
The late, great Muhammad Ali was constantly scrutinized in the media for standing up for what he felt was right and later became one of the most well respected athletes in history for that very thing. At the end of the day, continue to stand for what you feel is right Colin. If you don't stand for something (in this case kneel), you'll fall for anything.
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