This has been compared to the runners who raised their black fists during the Olympics, and etc etc.
Personally, I find these types of display - hollow. Let’s take the Olympics example. They got to go to the Olympics under the flag. They then won a little fame and money by running under that flag. I notice their outrage didn’t extend to their winnings. They seemed to have no moral compulsion against accepting the money won under that flag. All of these “protests” are hollow examples. They don’t make any actual sacrifice (except for Ali, who went to jail and gave up his title–mad respect there).
I’d have a lot more respect for Colin if he gave up his lucrative job to become a police officer and patrol the street and work his way up the chain and really make a difference. However, he won’t do that for a variety of reasons, but even if he had the strength of character to do so, he’d learn something: there’s a reason why things are the way things are, and if he went to one of these oppressive cities and became a cop, within a few years, he would act exactly the same as the average cop. I challenge anyone that wants to talk about the “racist” cops to go out there and be a cop for two years, and then re-examine your attitudes.
I personally believe that Kaepernick knows that he is on the way out. He is trying to either make a name for himself or make it so he can say it was political if he was fired. Amazingly, he didn’t have these strong views when he was doing well and it could jeopardize his money.
Here’s the thing. He doesn’t have to stand for the anthem. That’s totally his right. If he wants to do that, that’s fine. However, the rest of us also have the right to think ill of him. Hell, we have the right to flat out hate his guts for it if we want to (not beat him up over it or anything like that, but yeah). We also have a right not to associate ourselves with him or a team that would employ his services. All of these things are correct.
If you disagree with me, consider this: what if Colin Kaepernick came out advocating for pedophiles to be able to date thirteen-year-olds. Not actually doing it. Nothing illegal. Just making that stated opinion. Would you have a strong opinion on that? If the 49ers continued to pay him, might you decide not to watch 49er games? I could come up with a list of other examples of things that people are free to believe that would make you abhor this man. There is no difference. I may choose not to associate with someone that hates the country that I love–the same as I might choose not to associate with someone who hates the woman I love. Same difference.
Long Live the Constitution!