By: Monte Perez
I must preface this article by paraphrasing a quote from the 1992 movie, A Few Good Men. “Fans can’t handle the truth.” San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down during the National Anthem Friday. Kaepernick told NFL Media’s Steve Wyche, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” One would have thought that “Kap” committed the most heinous crime. The comments on social media were disgusting.
- Leave the Country if you don’t like it.
- Quit, you are a disgrace to your family and America.
- Typical rich black man hating our government.
I won’t name the Twitter accounts for those responsible with these quotes because I don’t want to give anyone who spreads hatred, attention.
I don’t agree with not standing during the National Anthem but it doesn’t affect me one way or the other. This country was founded on protests. Does anyone remember the Boston Tea Party? What “Kap” did is make a silent/ peaceful protest and that is his right as an American. He isn’t cursing, he isn’t violently hurting anyone. He is sitting down, that is all. It doesn’t make him un-American, it doesn’t make him a trader and he shouldn’t have to leave the country because he is upset with oppression.
To say, he should be punished or worse, is un-American. They blacklist people who speak out in 3rd world or communist countries. They silence people who have a different opinion (See Adolf Hitler). Fans may not agree with him but our soldiers fought and died so he can have freedom of speech and freedom of expression. EVEN IF YOU DON’T AGREE WITH IT.
During the ESPY’s Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul pushed an anti-violence message. They wanted all athletes to come together and get involved in the community. Former athletes have been doing this for over 100 years, Jesse Owens, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown, and Arthur Ashe all fought for injustices and were admired for it.
Ray Rice and Gregg Hardy stood during the National Anthem. Rice knocked his wife out with one punch and dragged her out of an elevator like a caveman. Hardy beat his girlfriend and left her with bruises, he also threw her on a couch that had guns on it. Are they more American than “Kap”? All he did was sit down. Relax America.
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