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Colin Kaepernick Has Sparked A National Conversation

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Day seven.

We’re on day seven since the story broke that San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem when they played the Green Bay Packers, this wasn’t his first time, just the first time a reporter noticed. The visceral reaction to Kaepernick sitting has once again sparked a national conversation about police brutality, the oppression of Blacks and other PoC, the real meaning behind the Star Spangled Banner, who has the right to excersise their first amendment rights and the cold hard facts about Veterans.

Kapernick’s explanation on why he sat. “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 told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”

Seven days since giving his reason of sitting during the national anthem has been seven days of Kapernick’s point being proven. 10,080 minutes has been used to call Kaepernick the n-word, these minutes have been used to burn his jersey (the symbolism there says a lot), these minutes have been used to question his patriotism, these minutes have been used to infringe on his first amendment rights, these minutes have been used to smear his character and lastly, these minutes have been used to speak for Veterans.  This is one side of the coin.

The other side of the coin has been beautiful. These 10,080 minutes have been used to support Kaepernick. They have been used to give others the courage to speak up and question why they would acknowledge an anthem that celebrates slavery. These minutes have been used to shed a light on what our Veterans go through. These minutes have been used by Veterans to speak for themselves and show support for Kaepernick. #VeteransForKaepernick started to trend on day four.  It seemed as though everyone was talking over Veterans instead of asking Veterans what they thought about Kaepernick’s protest. Day four was their time to shine. Their sentiment, you don’t speak for me. So many edges were snatched. SO. MANY.

 

During the last seven days, you had other NFL players speak out about Kaepernick’s method saying they don’t agree with it. Well, if you don’t agree with his method, what would you propose. There hasn’t been any proposal of what Kaepernick should do. So is it really his method that bothers you?

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.” George Bernard Shaw.

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees just had to add his cheap two cents.

“I disagree. I wholeheartedly disagree,” Brees told ESPN. “Not that he wants to speak out about a very important issue. No, he can speak out about a very important issue. But there’s plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.

I find this interesting because Brees hasn’t had anything to say about what goes on in New Orleans with crime and police brutality. Richard Sherman has a problem with Kaepernick using his platform. What? The same man that was called a thug and other insensitive names and used the same platform to refute such ignorant claims. Oh. Tiki Barber, Jerry Rice, Cam Newton and Terrell Owens gave their opinions is which no one asked. Let’s not forget Tony Stewart. Yes, NASCAR’s Tony Stewart, the man who ran over another man gave his opinion when it was best not to. So many thoughts from insignificant people and so little time.

The most interesting opinion of them all. Kaepernick’s former coach, Jim Harbaugh, who is now Head Coach at the University of Michigan said “I acknowledge his right to do that, but I don’t respect the motivation or the action.” Oh. Football Twitter and Black Twitter alike let Harbaugh have it and with tea being spilled on Harbaugh he came to Twitter apologize. “I apologize for misspeaking my true sentiments. To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It’s his method of action that I take exception to.” We’re back at method. What method do you want him to use? This still hasn’t been answered.

I’d say his method has been quite effective because Kaepnerick has been in the news for 10,080 minutes and the conversation around police brutality and what justice for all looks like has been brought back to the forefront. Kaepernick is using his voice for the voiceless and powerless and knows exactly what he’s doing and has a plan. The evolution of woke Kaepernick sparked the hilarious hashtag #KapSoBlack when the 49ers played the Chargers on Thursday. Kaepernick came out on the field with the most glorious afro I’ve seen.

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Seven days later you have the Santa Clara Police Union threatening to boycott if there isn’t action taken against Kaepernick. Mcsuse me!? A government body threatening not to do their job because of another person’s beliefs. *sighs* Colin Kaepernick has shown America what true courage looks like. It takes courage to stand up for what you believe in and do it in such a dramatic way knowing your career can potentially be on the line. It hasn’t been all bad news, Kaepernick had 20th-best selling jersey on 49ers site and now he’s 3rd. 

I’m going to buy his jersey and I stand with Colin because this is what America is truly about. Having the freedom to protest in the manner you deem appropriate whether people like it or not. The world is watching, let’s see if America can finally get it right. 

 

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