Colin Kaepernick is bad for football; he is a bad seed and I could readily do without him. He is the guy who would not stand during the national anthem and LeBron James is among the celebrities who jumped on the bandwagon to support him. He has alleged that NFL owners have conspired to keep him out of the league. Pete Rose should be inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame way before Kaepernick is ever allowed back into the NFL. Kaepernick claimed that he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality against people of color, but he was being paid to play a sport, not to be an activist. He hasn’t played a game since becoming a free agent in the offseason of 2017. The NFL has reached a settlement with Colin Kaepernick after he was blackballed.
Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick disrespected all of the U.S. military service members and I think that he is a racist for feeling that Black lives matter more than any other lives. He was not making America better; he was just drawing his own dividing line and I hope that he never gets back into football. He is a disgrace that has been treated as a hero and if he is readmitted, I am willing to give up watching football.
Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #114 prompt QUESTIONNAIRE by Wendell Berry where I went with question #4. In the name of patriotism and the flag, how much of our beloved land are you willing to desecrate? List in the following spaces the mountains, rivers, owns, farms you could most readily do without.