From the outhouse to the White House, everyone appears to have a staunch opinion about 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his choice to not stand for the National Anthem. Is there any real meaning to this or are we simply stuck in another outrage news-cycle?
- Despite the rumors, Kaepernick did not target the military but paid respects. “I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” said Kaepernick. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone.”
- He has also not converted to Islam.
- Colin Kaepernick is not breaking any new ground. NBA guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, AKA Chris Jackson stretched through the National anthem throughout the 1995-96 season. Recently, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas was criticized for not placing her hand over her heart during the National Anthem, although it was not a concerted effort, and she later apologized.
- His protest is based on this statement by Kaepernick, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”
- NFL official player rules clearly list, that players are encouraged to stand for the anthem but don’t have to.
- The White House released a statement on the 29th of August, which cited that Mr. Kaepernick is ‘entitled’ to not stand for the National Anthem.
- Via NFL.com, the 49ers, on the situation, stated, “We recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
- Kaepernick has announced that he plans to continue to sit-out the National Anthem, for as long as he feels “it is appropriate.”
- The antics of Kaepernick are in-line with the First Amendment. Yet, there is little-biased support for his ability to exercise his right, but to also support the right of others to disagree with his opinion.
- In the midst of this race-baiting and intelligence insulting fiasco, a few insights have come to light on Colin Kaepernick. The adopted son of wealthy white parents, the biological son of a white woman and a black man, and his oppressed upbringing, society, and struggle has only awarded him with $114 million, plus endorsements.
I understand why people are upset, and that is what also amazes me. Accusations are flying and in the midst of this, people are shouting to incite further protests and violence. On one hand, we are still treating an economic class and idealization of happiness issue as a race issue, inequality is based on income and influences perception. A calculus proof clearly demonstrates that wealth, in the pursuit of happiness, influences the balance of the golden mean. Although, nobody wants to hear that. There’s no shock value, and there is thinking involved. To the other hand, we have backward outrage, where people should not have really paid much mind in the first place. Especially in the veteran community, which read this as, “I fought for his right to not stand, but f*ck him for not standing.” The hypocrisy continues with, “How dare he exercise a right in a country that gave him that right.”
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