The San Francisco quarterback has been attacked for refusing to stand for the Star Spangled Banner—and for daring to criticize the system in which he thrived.
Source: Colin Kaepernick Is No Hypocrite
Colin Kaepernick Should Be Applauded, Not Condemned
Despite what many people may say or think, I think what Colin Kaepernick not only took a lot of courage but highlighted a very valid fact that racism still exists in the United States. I would like to think that I would do the same thing if I were in his position.
Colin Kaepernick was trying to make the very same point that the two brave athletes who defiantly stood, fists in the air, at the 1968 Summer Olympics, in Mexico City. Those two brave athletes were widely condemned, even though the point they were trying to make was very valid, especially in the sixties when the civil rights movement was still in its heyday.
Unfortunately, much of what Tommie Jones and John Carlos, the two athletes at the 1968 Summer Olympics was misunderstood by the media. At the time the media entirely missed the point of the protest, because Tommie Jones is quoted as saying what they did was a protest for all people, not just African-Americans. Instead, the media insisted on calling what they did a “Black Power” salute.
Personally, I’m very glad that he had the courage to stand up (or in this case sit down) for what he believes. Racism is alive and well in the United States in 2016, something that Colin Kaepernick is courageous enough to point out while the rest of Americans are still in a state of denial. Maybe what he did will finally start the “conversation about race relations” that so many politicians, including President Obama, have been talking about for years but doing very little to start it.
- Colin Kaepernick meets with Dr. Harry Edwards before practice (ninersnation.com)
- Colin Kaepernick Will Not ‘Behave’ And That’s A Damn Good Thing (samirchopra.com)
- Colin Kaepernick’s brave statement: His national anthem protest exemplifies the values America must stand for (salon.com)
- Jackie Robinson in 1972: ‘I Cannot Stand and Sing the Anthem; I Cannot Salute the Flag’ (theroot.com)
- Should athletes take public political stances? (oregonlive.com)