Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback for the San Francisco 49’ers. He has been the subject of much speculation because in a recent game he “refused” to stand for the playing of the National Anthem. According to reports he purposely refused to stand in protest of police brutality against Blacks. Here is the article:
Most of the public has split on whether to support his stand or not. While many applaud his right to free speech others are condemning him for not supporting his country (and still cashing in his paycheck that he earns here). It is true that he is a well paid athlete and he is making a great living under the system of this great country. He was also raised by White parents (even though he is an African American). However, that fact had never stopped him from experiencing racism in his life. I believe that in order to fully understand the tones of racism you have to at some point have been on the receiving end of it. When you are discriminated against because of the color of your skin that is bound to “taint your views” of fairness. If you have never experienced racism before then you are truly lucky. I, personally, have experienced it in my life, but I never allowed it to taint my faith in others. Colin Kaepernick should be “entitled to free speech.” We all should be. The Constitution is supposed to guarantee it. Of course, I also try to be neutral in my assessment of just about everything. If someone from the Ku Klux Klan took a stand in favor of racial discrimination would I support it? I do know that I wouldn’t agree with it, but I don’t think I would stifle his or her “right to be heard.” If no one takes a stand against injustice then we all become victims of our own hatred. Maybe Colin Kaepernick could have taken a stand in a different way. He chose this particular method for making a statement. Amazingly he got the attention he sought (and wasn’t that his purpose in the first place?). Muhammed Ali did the same thing years ago when he refused the military draft due to his religious beliefs. The real truth here is that Kaepernick’s stand against brutality has actually gained more fame than the actual issue itself, and that is the real travesty. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of him (just like he is entitled to his own opinion of police brutality). There are many others who have refused to stand for the playing of our national anthem (for whatever reasons). If people are going to judge him on his stand, then at least have the courage to speak out on his issue as well. Is he right in what he feels (or do most people believe that police brutality against Blacks has never existed?). I guess the real answer here depends on whether or not you have been on the receiving end of racism. There are 2 sides to every coin and every story. Let’s examine all aspects when making judgements. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
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