Of course under the 1st Amendment, Mr. Kaepernick has a right to express himself, but this does not mean that I agree with what he did. Playing football in the NFL is certainly a profound opportunity, thus it is difficult for anyone who has succeeded in doing so to claim he has been oppressed. Kaepernick indicates that for months he has been following the incidents of civil unrest around the country including those in which black men have been killed by the police. It seems to me he has been co-opted by the Black Lives Matter movement. The truth is , statistically white men are “oppressed” by the police at twice the rate of Blacks although Blacks participate in more than 50% of the criminal acts logged each year.
Mr. Kaepernick misses a very important point and that point is that everyone is accountable for his actions. For those who want to engage in criminal behavior, regardless of skin color, they will find themselves accountable to the justice system. How they react to the police when caught will often decide their fate right on the spot. These individuals are not “victims” of police oppression; they are victims of their own choices
I, for one, believe that Colin Kaepernick’s patriotism to this nation that has given him so much opportunity is overshadowed by his guilt at having succeeded. He broke the chains of living in the ‘hood, became educated and worked hard at developing his athletic skills. Then, like a very chosen few, he was selected to play in the NFL, receiving a multi-year contract worth millions. But Mr. Kaepernick does not see this opportunity being extended to all black men and wrongly assigns the blame on white oppressors. He fails to see that while he earned what he received, some of his contemporaries are waiting for it to be handed to them, or worse, taking what is not theirs or turning to selling drugs Mr. Kaepernick then erroneously calls the constraints of law “oppression.”
America is about freedom and opportunity. We are free because many Americans have died to keep us safe and free from tyrannical rule. Moreover, they have died to keep others free. To remain seated during the National Anthem to protest “white oppression” is to dishonor each and every one of those men and women who paid the ultimate price for me, for you, and for countless others. But no, Mr. Kaepernick—to whom much has been given—decided that sitting out the National Anthem would be an appropriate expression of his disdain.
Maybe instead of living in a $2.7 million mansion and driving high-dollar sports cars Mr. Kaepernick could go out and find his fellow man and lift him up. Maybe he could spend some money to create opportunities for those he professes to care about. Maybe he needs to look at a few of those cities around America run by liberals for decade after decade—cities like Detroit. There is no one there to blame for the conditions of the Blacks living there but the liberals who have created an environment of servility (will vote for freebies!) and despair.. The questionable assertion of police “oppression” would be the least of it.
I am proud to be an American—proud of it every day that I wake up in this country. I am proud of what America is and hopefully what it will continue to be. Certainly, there are some people in high places in this country who I deplore because it is obvious that they do not see the inherent goodness of our country, the insistent striving to do better. Kaepernick, as well as other athletes who have come before him decrying rampant racism in America, refuses to see that: Because of America, because of her greatness, her generosity, her opportunities, you have been given unimaginable wealth. What will you give back? Will you? Or will you curse America and her institutions instead? I think Donald Trump said it best, “. . .maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.”
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