This past week San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick made some serious waves across the Internet when he refused to stand for the National Anthem during a pre-season game. When asked about it later, Kaepernick responded to the uproar by smugly criticizing the nation that gave him the opportunity to “earn” millions of dollars by playing a game.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick explained to NFL.com. “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.”
Across the nation NFL fans decried Kaepernick’s comments and behavior; some burned his jerseys, others told him to move to Canada, and some juxtaposed Kaepernick’s refusal to stand with the image of our bravest, who can no longer stand, but still show their respect for our home.
Heroes like Marine Sgt. Zachary Stinson of Pennsylvania who cannot stand at attention because of the injuries he’s suffered for our nation… yet somehow still stands taller than the weasely Kaepernick.
Kaepernick refusing to stand for natl anthem is his right. Here's a Marine, who can't stand, because he defended it pic.twitter.com/mLjTUPQ2pm
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) August 27, 2016
Colin Kaepernick I lost my legs and arm fighting in the US military, the same military that I took an oath to defend our nation and flag from enemies foreign and domestic. Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed. We live in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is. Where women are beaten and killed in honor if they are raped, where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60’s, thats just a little taste of what oppression is. You Know NOTHING of what oppression is. Every American has a choice and every opportunity to better their lives, this is America the greatest country on this planet.
Kaepernick’s actions are a disgrace to his team, his profession, his family, and his nation. Yes, racism and injustice still exist, but the United States of America offers more hope, opportunity, and justice for every citizen than any nation in the history of the world. Kaepernick’s gripe is pure B.S.