[Note: Mr. Kaepernick’s name was misspelled in the headline on Facebook. Our apologies for the error.]
In the past few days, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick suddenly became a household name in the United States, after he refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday’s pre-season game against Green Bay in protest of what he sees as “black oppression” in the United States.
Even after vehement backlash that dominated headlines over the weekend, Kaepernick doubled down on his move, telling reporters Sunday that he will continue to sit during our national anthem, as USA Today reported:
Addressing reporters from his locker at the team’s training facility for nearly 20 minutes Sunday, Kaepernick, who’s sat during The Star Spangled Banner for each of the Niners’ preseason games so far, said: “I’ll continue to sit. … I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s significant change — and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to — I’ll stand.”
Kaepernick said it took time for him to decide how to express himself, but he’s comfortable with his tack — even if it costs him endorsements or his roster spot — as he attempts to shine yet another light on police brutality, specifically, and race relations.Needless to say, Kaerpernick– who, as Col. West so well articulated, is a multi-millionaire “one-percenter” just because he can throw a ball and kiss his biceps — is on many patriotic American’s sh*t list for thumbing his nose at the very flag that gives him the right to do just that. So it may come as a shock to hear Kaepernick say something we can all agree with 1,000%. Watch as he calls out Hillary, not only for calling blacks “super predators” — but, more importantly, for her getting off scot free after doing illegal things that any other person would be in prison for. Watch:
As the saying goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. But perhaps also goes to the point of just how indisputable some things are. Are we really at a point in our nation where it’s more indisputable to some Americans that one of our major presidential candidates should go to jail — than the idea that our flag and national anthem deserves respect?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]