The controversy over San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem shows no signs of abating. Thursday, the 49ers played the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, and veterans were there in force to protest his lack of patriotism. It was the Chargers’ annual Salute to the Military game, and so many people wondered what Kaepernick would do. Would he still refuse to stand? Veterans were ready:
Chargers fan and Navy veteran J.D. McCallum said that Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the flag was a sign of disrespect, not just to the flag but for everything the military has fought for. “I want to support our troops, me and my fellow veterans,” he explained.
But despite the overwhelming negative reaction from the military community and the country at-large, Kaepernick still refused to stand for the National Anthem. In an attempt to placate angry football fans, he instead took a knee, so that he could continue his protest while also showing respect for the military. But that gesture wasn’t good enough. Fans booed him while he kneeled.
Meanwhile, every single Chargers player stood proudly for the anthem.
Kaepernick is continuing to claim that he is oppressed in the United States, despite the fact that he is a multi-millionaire football player who has taken advantage of opportunities that he would never be able to get anywhere else. He’s even taken to sporting an afro, so he can better play the part of a wanna-be 60s radical. And, disgustingly, his movement is growing. He’s now being joined by his 49ers teammate Eric Reid, along with Seattle Seahawks player Jeremy Lane, who have all joined Kaepernick in refusing to stand for the national anthem.
The interesting thing is that, like a typical liberal, Kaepernick is all show and absolutely no action. This protest almost certainly came about due to the influence of Kaepernick’s Black Lives Matter activist girlfriend, and he’s said that police brutality against minorities is one of the things he’s protesting. But what is he doing to solve the problem? San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman challenged Kaepernick to talk with her about the problems between police and the minority community, saying, “Let’s all talk and have that dialogue about words and images. They matter. As police officers we go out every single day to protect the rights of individuals and tonight we are going to go out and protect everyone’s rights, including his.” Of course, Kaepernick is unlikely to take her up on that offer, because he doesn’t actually want to solve the problem. He’s more than happy to create a nice little media storm and make a lot of noise, but he won’t contribute anything substantial to a potential solution. Like all liberals, he’s all talk and no action.