NFL Hall of Famer Franco Harris is speaking out about the anti-America protests that have rocked the NFL for the past couple of seasons.
While you might think that an ex-player like Harris might have some sympathy for Colin Kaepernick’s situation, you’d be dead wrong.
In a recent interview with Mediaite’s John Ziegler, Harris explained that he has no problem with people standing up for certain ideas and principles, but that Kaepernick was wrong to do it on the NFL’s time.
Harris also explained that in his day team leaders like Joe Greene and Jack Lambert would have put an immediate stop to Kaepernick’s on field behavior.
Warner Todd Huston of Breitbart has the blow by blow:
“If Colin felt that he wanted to make a point — which is fine, which is his right — to get involved with any position, or organization that he really wants. But, when he puts on that suit,” Harris told Ziegler, “when he steps out on that field, now it’s more than just him. It’s his teammates, it’s the NFL, and it’s the fans. And when he puts that suit on, it is not just about him, and his position, and the things that he wants to back and wants to believe in, because the team has to come first.”
Harris also said that it wasn’t fair of Kaepernick to bring his teammates, the NFL, and the fans into his personal protest: “If he wants to make statements, take a position, then that’s fine, absolutely, go do that. But, there’s no reason why you couldn’t do it after practice… on another platform than doing it with his suit on and at the stadium.
“This is his personal opinion that he wanted to take and there’s many platforms he could have just gone and done it. He could have done it anywhere else and no one would have said anything…. but once he put on that suit, once he stepped out on that field, now that represents more than him,” he added.
The four-time Super Bowl champion also noted that in his day Kaepernick wouldn’t have gotten away with such grandstanding.
“We had two of the meanest guys in football who I think would’ve dealt with it that way,” Harris said, “and that would’ve been Joe Greene and Jack Lambert.”
Harris’ main opinion, though, is that one should stand for the anthem despite any personal feelings.
“Sure we have certain social issues that we’ll always be dealing with, but that you stand for the flag and that we’re all behind the flag.”
For his part Kaepernick continues to decry the nation that has made him rich and famous.
“It’s a very ignorant statement that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all you should leave the country,” Kaepernick said. “He always says, ‘Make America great again.’ Well, America has never been great for people of color. That’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time,” he said.
As a person of color, can I just call BS on this, please?
My family immigrated here from Cuba in the 1960’s, do you know what I would be doing, right now, if my parents hadn’t fled Cuba’s communism? I’d be poor, living in a dilapidated house in one of the small desperate villages that my parents grew up in. How do I know? Because that is where and how some of my cousins, aunts, uncles, and other extended family members still live today. Instead, I have two college degrees, a good job, a beautiful family, nice things and my children have a future filled with opportunity…
Even though we are “people of color.”
Let’s talk about the rest of the world.
No nation in the history of the world has been better for the advancement of “people of color” than the United States of America in the 20th and 21 centuries. Do we have our problems? Of course we do. We still have people who cling to hate and racial intolerance as if it were a warm blanket. But they are few and far between. Our culture today shames racists, we actively dismiss and degrade them as fools.
There’s more good news that i’m sure Kaepernick hasn’t heard. According to a recent University study, only 25% of Americans have ever been (or felt) discriminated against. That number is still too high, but I guarantee you that it’s far lower than most of the world. 75% of Americans say they’ve never experienced discrimination! That’s a good thing. while the number is slightly higher for minorities, it’s not by much…
The results, relatively consistent across racial lines, found that only 25 percent of Americans responded “yes” to ever experiencing discrimination.
“For the entire sample, about 25 percent claimed they had felt discriminated against. It was lower than what we might have thought going into it,” Boutwell told Campus Reform.
Although racial minorities did comparatively report facing more discrimination, racial disparities were not nearly as high as expected, with only 31 percent of blacks reporting experiencing discrimination “sometimes” or “often.”
Similarly, just 27 percent of Hispanics responded similarly, followed by 23 percent of whites, and 18 percent of Asians, according to the study.
Somebody tell Colin that America isn’t the evil wasteland he seems to think it is. Instead of constantly complaining about his perceived injustices, maybe he should go about actively making the world a better place instead.