I’m sure you’ve heard by now, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn’t stand during the U.S. National Anthem at a pre season game on Friday.He said he couldn’t show pride for a country that he says ‘oppresses black people and people of colour”.
As you might expect, his actions, or inactions, have caused quite a stir, with the battle lines drawn between those who support his right to free speech and those who think he’s a stupid idiot.
For it’s part, the NFL has kept a very low profile regarding the incident. The league says players are not required to stand during the National Anthem. Kaepernick says he doesn’t plan to stand in the future until things change.
First of all, are there racial problems in the U.S.? 100% absolutely, positively. I think all of us wish there weren’t, and that we’re all created equal in the eyes of the Good Lord, and it’s what’s inside a person that counts.
Is Kaepernick right in what he’s doing? Depends who you ask. Does he have a right to do what he’s doing (or not doing)? He most certainly does. But why does he have that right? Simply because countless brave men and women gave their lives to defend our right to democracy, rather than tyranny and dictatorships.
Kaepernick says he means no disrespect to the military, and the people dying for the country, but he’s standing up for the black people who are being killed without consequences.
Kaepernick has a $126 million dollar contract with the 49ers. Not bad for what is now likely a backup quarterback. While it’s noble of him to want to see change for the better, again, as we all do, would the causes he claims to support not be better served by him donating some of that ridiculous amount of money to help with various programs and to better the lives of those in need? Maybe he’s already been doing that. If so, good for him. If not, that might be a far more effective method of reaching his well-intentioned goals than sitting during an anthem. -Chuck