For those of you who often fall victim to click-bait without reading a single word of a column (I’ve fallen for it in the past), listen up.
I did not agree with San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand during the national anthem Friday.
As a dude who has relatives who have served/and still serving in the military, I view the national anthem as a sign of respect to those who have died – black, white, brown, yellow, red or whoever – for the freedoms we have. Those freedoms include our freedoms to enjoy the lifestyles we attain, protest, and speak out on worthy causes.
Let’s focus on the latter two freedoms we have: to protest and speak out on worthy causes. That was what Kaepernick was doing.
He didn’t hurt anybody with what he said. He simply used those aforementioned freedoms – his first amendment rights – in sitting during the national anthem.
Again, I didn’t like HOW he chose to protest, but RESPECTED HIS RIGHT to do so.
And let’s be real about something, it’s not like Kaepernick was speaking on something that does not exist. All you have to do is tune in to the evening news and brush up on US History 101 – or just Google “U.S. treatment of minorities” if you’re lazy.
The crazy part about this whole kerfuffle is the same people who are excoriating Kaepernick were also the same people who praised Muhammad Ali for doing the same. If that’s not both funny and sad, I don’t know what is…