Last season, Colin Kaepernick threw for 16 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions, yet he can’t find a job in the NFL. I know a few teams – like the Jets, Rams and Browns, for example – that need a quarterback, that are desperate for a quarterback, yet they won’t sign him. You see, he’s been blackballed. Even when John Harbaugh tried to sign him for the Baltimore Ravens as a backup to Joe Flacco, he was overrode by their owner, Steve Bisciotti. No one wants Colin Kaepernick.
His only sin was protesting the treatment of minorities in this country by kneeling during the national anthem. He didn’t firebomb stores, march down Main St. with torches, loaded for bear, or injure anyone or destroy anything in his path. His was a peaceful protest. He was kneeling, for Gods sake. He didn’t hurt anyone. What he did do was anger American patriots who think the Flag and the Anthem sacred. They consider his actions contemptible.
When did dissent become a dirty word?
This country was FOUNDED on dissent. Remember “No taxation without representation?” Or Thomas Paine’s Common Sense? Or the Boston Tea Party? Hell, all the members of that raiding party would have been rounded up and thrown in jail for destroying public property, trespassing, and any other charge, like rioting, that could be included, if done today. President Rump would be attacking them on twitter. Fox News and Breitbart would be calling them criminals, or worse yet, Socialists. They would be made examples of . . . just like Colin Kaepernick.
As for the NFL, it might be selective in its employment of Mr. Kaepernick, but it has employed much worse and continues to do so. Adam “Packman” Jones has been arrested ten time, Aldon Smith five times, yet both are still playing. Ray Lewis, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens but now retired, was implicated in a double murder in Atlanta after the 2000 Super Bowl. Blood was found in Mr. Lewis’s limousine, and he reached a cash settlement with the victims families. He personally wasn’t charged because he supposedly reached a deal to testify against his friends, though they were never convicted. (The double murder is still an open case.) There is today a statue of Ray Lewis outside M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens home field, and eventually Ray Lewis will enter the Hall of Fame. Double standard anyone?
Colin Kaepernick is being ostracized for the same reason Donald Rump was elected President; people are stupid. Common sense exists only as a book. The mentality is, “America, love it or leave it.” My own boss says that to me when I bring up the latest injustice, and there is great injustice in this country. There always has been. Instead of ignoring it and castigating anyone who dares point it out, why don’t we try addressing it for once. Shouldn’t that be the goal?
America is supposed to be better than this, isn’t it?