If you want the right to disrespect your own country, you better live in America.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been under fire for months for refusing to stand during the national anthem, justifying his disrespect by describing America as a nation that “oppresses black people.” Of course, if we lived in a nation that oppressed black people, do you think he’d have the freedom to make such a statement?
Imagine if ISIS had their own sports teams, and one of their players refused to honor the Islamic State before a game. He might have the freedom to do so…. but not the freedom to keep his head on his body shortly after.
Kaepernick is so oppressed that he earns $19 million a year, and was adopted and raised by two white parents. It’s amazing that we’re still talking about this guy, but I suppose it reflects the kind of influence celebrities have politically. And most of them are liberals, so the liberals in the media continue to eat it up as if his protest actually makes any sense.
Just the other day, Kaepernick wasn’t the center of attention, but an ESPN commenter blasting him was. During ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer weighed in on Kaepernick, telling him “And the big thing that hit me through all this was this is a backup quarterback whose job is to be quiet and sit in the shadows and get the starter ready to play Week 1. Yet he chose a time where all of a sudden he became the center of attention, and it has disrupted that organization.”
He continued “It has caused friction, and has torn at the fabric of the team…and there’s players in our league that are just as passionate about that, but they don’t use the platform that an organization, a team gave them to find it as a pulpit.
And I think Colin used very poor judgment in when he chose to make this honorable stand for what he’s passionate about, because ultimately it tears at the fabric of your team.”
As for Kaepernick’s reply, IJ Review reported:
“You’re a back up quarterback, stay in your place. That’s the issue. To me you’re telling me that my position as a back up quarterback and being quiet is more important than other peoples’ lives.
I would ask him to really have a conversation with the families that have been murdered and see if he still feels that way. Because I bet you he doesn’t just because he hasn’t experienced that type of oppression.”
When asked where Dilfer was coming from with his statement, Kaepernick answered:
“I’m not sure. I hope he goes home and thinks about what he said. And not just about how it impacts me but by the people whose lives are affected by these issues on a daily basis.”
You can watch the clip of Kaepernick’s response below:
Colin Kaepernick responds to Trent Dilfer’s statements. pic.twitter.com/fIMO2Pz7yz
— deray mckesson (@deray) September 13, 2016
To be frank, I think we all wish that jackass would stay in HIS place.