The raging controversy triggered by San Francisco’s quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, is still brewing. His silent protest has aroused conversations throughout America.
Most Americans consider standing during the national anthem as a form of respect to honor the heroes for fighting for a free country. Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand at the preseason game against Green Bay Packers was perceived as unpatriotic.
In his statement, Kaepernick attributed his stance to unchecked, violent police behavior towards African Americans. It seems Kaepernick’s actions have awakened, even the most desensitized Americans. It is those types of colorblind people that ignore the racial injustices in our society.
In Kaepernick’s statement, he said:
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
Kaepernick was so passionate about expressing his deep convictions against social injustice. With so much passion, he may have not considered the potential consequences for doing such a thing. Based on some views expressed on social media, Kaepernick is a “distraction” with regards to NFL ethics, and does not deserve to retain his job.
Many people may see Kaepernick’s actions as disrespectful and unacceptable. Although, there are also opinions that respect and/or support his protest.
Our Good Men Project editor, Kallen Diggs, is quite vocal in support of Kaepernick’s protest.
Kaepernick did a courageous act. I am glad that he did it with silence, which still sent a strong message to citizens within this country.
If I did such a thing, no one would have cared nearly as much. Although, if you are someone like Kaepernick, doing these types of acts have a significance impact on our society.
Don’t we live in the land of the free? He has the right to freedom of expression and should do so without his career being in jeopardy.
No one was harmed during his protest. So, why are people condemning him for practicing the first amendment? Why is he condemned for speaking the truth?
As an African American, I applaud and thank him for his silent protest.
Several musicians (including Trey Songz, John Legend, and J. Cole) showed their support for Kaepernick.
Among all of his supporters, President Obama was the most prominent figure that solidly endorsed Kaepernick’s actions.
President Obama, said at a press conference in China:
He is following his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so.
I don’t doubt his sincerity and think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, he’s generated some conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.
From my Nigerian opinion, race relations in America will remain a challenge until the majority are educated and committed to eradicating racism.