Colin Kaepernick


From Land of the Free:

What a jerk, people say. If he doesn’t like it here, he should leave, they say.

Well, my friends, that same flag you’re protecting—and the Constitution it represents—gives him the right to show his displeasure. Just as it gives you the right to protest his behavior.

I’m not saying I agree with his decision. In fact, I was sad to see it. I’ve always stood for The Star Spangled Banner, even though there are many things going on in this country that break the heart my hand is covering. Still, if I would choose to sit in quiet protest, I have a right to do that.



 

 

I wrote a really snarky response to the above quote, and now I’ve calmed down.  I’ve preached here about the need to allow people to say and do things — even if there are hordes or folks who disagree.  We’re not a country that forces people to stand for the Anthem.

Yet.

Because lots of folks would find a multicolored flag — even a rainbow banner, salute it and force others to honor it.  Disrespect my flag, says the fascist, and I’ll label you a bigot, or homophobe. That’s not the country I honor when I stand for our Anthem.  I honor the America where we can choose.

This Sunday, Kaepernick will probably sit out the National Anthem.  That’s his right. I’ll be rooting for the defense. That’s my right.

Call it a protest.



Anthony Baker:

Oppressed?

Please forgive me, Mr. Kaepernick, but I find it hard to understand how a group of people who are allowed to openly protest, disrupt with near impunity, obtain special status in nearly every institution, have the freedom to speak whenever and wherever, and are allowed to openly dinigrate other groups as a whole can rightfully claim to be oppressed by their government and/or police forces who protect their said rights.

I guess spending some time in Africa gave me a different perspective.

 

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5 Responses to Colin Kaepernick

  1. This Other Latin F*cker says:

    I’m sure we are not far from hearing that the backlash against him is purely racist. I hope he understands that while he is free to protest, he is not free of the consequences of that protest.

    As an aside I find it interesting that the NFL has no issues with players not standing for the Anthem and doing the “hands up don’t shoot” thing during a broadcast, but refused to let the Cowboys wear a decal to honor the slain Dallas police officers.

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  2. A Reader #1 says:

    Hmm.
    Biracial, given up for adoption in infancy, adopted by a white family, sent to the best schools, $114 million contract = oppressed.
    Underperforms, rumors circulate that he is going to be traded.
    Converts to Islam.
    Hmm.
    Creates drama that he could use to claim any employment actions taken against him are RACISSS or ISLAMOPHOBICCCCCC!
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/08/27/controversy-erupts-after-nfl-quarterback-converts-to-islam-and-refuses-to-stand-for-national-anthem/

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  3. agiledog says:

    Kaepernick has every right to “protest” – it should be pointed out that he is protesting against the very country that has made it possible for everything he has.

    And I have every right to consider him to be a complete douche-noozle.

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  4. omegapaladin says:

    Kaepernick is a tool, and I have every right to mock him. Call it my protest.

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  5. Techno Jinxx says:

    as a firm believer in freedom and liberty, it bothers me not that an asshole has chose to be one publically.
    and as usual gets the media fawning all over him for his “braveness” at trashing America.
    *yawn*
    the fact that he is where he is and can do what he did ONLY BECAUSE he is in America is of course lost oh him.

    Meh…some people choose to use their freedom to be assholes more liberally than others.

    real bravery would be if he stood up and publically asked young black men to STOP SHOOTING EACH OTHER!
    but of course saying something like that wouldnt get him anywhere near the positive press he’s getting right now.
    he forgers how fickle leftists are…and how long a memory conservatives have.

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