San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been dominating the headlines for the past few days for his refusal to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, with the justification that “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Kaepernick has personally been so oppressed in America that he was adopted and raised by two white parents, and now earns nearly $20 million a year. Oppressed people don’t have the freedom of foregoing their nation’s pledge either.
He was specifically speaking about police brutality, but he’s bought into the media narrative of “racist police” when in fact they’re no more likely to kill a black suspect than a white suspect. Nor is it police (or even whites) responsible for the majority of black homicides in America. If he really was concerned about black lives, he’d be speaking out against gang violence.
A number of those who’ve fought for Kaepernick’s freedom to refuse to pledge have penned open letters to the player. Col. Allen West published one on this website that’s received an enormous amount of attention, and he’s not the only one giving Kaepernick a piece of his mind. Senior airman and triple amputee Brian Kolfage has also penned an open letter to the quarterback that’s bound to go viral.
He cuts to the BONE: Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both of us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed.Here’s his full post after the jump.
Kolfage: Colin Kaepernick I lost my legs and arm fighting in the US military, the same military that I took an oath to defend our nation and flag from enemies foreign and domestic. Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both of us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed. We live in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is. Where women are beaten and killed in honor if they are raped, where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60’s, thats just a little taste of what oppression is. You Know NOTHING of what oppression is. Every American has a choice and every opportunity to better their lives, this is America the greatest country on this planet.
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]