If Colin Kaepernick can be credited for anything, it’s that he’s managed to get even people like me who haven’t watched a football game in years to start talking about the NFL. It seems that everyone and their mother has an opinion about his protest of the national anthem (ironically even his own mother has weighed in on the matter – and denounced him for it).
For anyone out of the loop, Kaepernick is a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and refuses to stand for the national anthem before games with the justification that he won’t honor a “country that oppresses black people.” Kaepernick has personally experienced oppression in the form of being adopted and raised by two white parents, and earning a salary of only $19 million a year. The man is practically living paycheck to paycheck!
As if listening to idiotic celebrity opinions in support of Kaepernick wasn’t enough, now even the President has weighed in with an opinion that nobody asked for.
As Breitbart reported:
President Barack Obama praises Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the national anthem at football games, saying that the 49ers quarterback is protesting “real legitimate issues.”
“My understanding, at least, is he is exercising his constitutional right to make a statement, I think there is a long history of sports figures doing so,” Obama said, when asked about Kapernick’s protest.
Obama made his remarks during a press conference in China at the G-20 world leader’s summit.
Obama admitted that it was “tough thing” for people to see Kaepernick disrespect the flag and the people that served in the military, but then he defended it.
“I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard,” Obama said. “I think he cares about some real legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation about some topics that need to be talked about.”
“Sometimes that’s messy and controversial and it gets people angry and frustrated,” he said. “But I’d rather have young people that are engaged with the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people that are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.”
If these issues didn’t align with the political narrative the President wishes to push, he wouldn’t be talking about the “real legitimate issues” Kaepernick is drawing attention to.
That issue in particular is police brutality, but that’s not an issue that disproportionately affects black people in America. Believe it or not, a cop that’s going to abuse you doesn’t care what your skin color is. Kaepernick is at least putting his money where his mouth is, and has pledged $1 million to groups that aim to combat the issues he’s drawing attention to, but it’s extremely likely that the money will be going to radical groups like Black Lives Matter.
Does anyone think that an extra million in the hands of a group that promotes violence against police and burns their own communities to the ground is going to ease tensions between the police and the people? I’m going to go ahead and say no.