Kaepernick 

If there has ever been an example of how the USA can collectively disassociate from serious issues in favour of minutiae, it can be personified in the form of NFL player Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick (who plays for the San Francisco 49ers) has set off a wave, because he took the step of sitting (later kneeling) during the playing of the national anthem – a protest against the treatment of black people in America. Other NFL players have followed suit, and this issue erupted briefly in discussions of patriotism and respecting the flag. It is telling that Kaepernick has received death threats over this – meanwhile, black people continue to be on the receiving end of police aggression.

Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump has weighed in, criticising Kaepernick – I think that tells you everything you need to know. 

How is it that America can lose its collective shit over a peaceful protest involving the national anthem, yet what happened to Terence Crutcher doesn’t seem to generate the same level of outrage. Even if he was armed and even if he didn’t follow instructions, he was tasered before being shot – what possible threat could he have posed in those circumstances? When is America going to take steps to enact real and meaningful social change, to ensure old stereotypes are banished and this sort of tragedy doesn’t happen again. 

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4 thoughts on “Kaepernick 

  1. I’ve read that 16 African-Americans have been killed since Colin Kaepernick started his protest. We’ve heard about one or two in popular U.S. media outlets (or, perhaps I’m not following the right outlets; both are possible).

    Ten & eleven-year-old kids on a football team, mainly African-Americans & other minorities, have taken a page from Colin Kaepernick & they’ve started kneeling for the national anthem. The coach – who approved of the protest actions only after checking with every single parent – is also African-American, & he was told he deserves to be lynched. The kids have received death threats.

    People… it’s a song. A song about a nation where men (& women, but we’re only implied) are free to protest. To tell our government when it’s not acting appropriately. Why these people think their reactions are appropriate, I will never understand. 😦

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      1. The comparison has been made, ad nauseum, already, but you know who else favored lock-step patriotism too, right? Yup. Nazi Germany.

        Also North Korea. All those people who claim that Kaepernick should leave the U.S. if he “doesn’t like it” really should go to North Korea if they’re such fans of rabid patriotism.

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