In our society, we get so caught up on idolizing imagery and idolizing people, that we tend to forget what they said or have done. Colin Kaepernick put the world on notice a few weeks ago when it was discovered that he sat down for the National Anthem. The people that are for and against Colin Kaepernick are so stuck on the image of him sitting/kneeling during the National Anthem, that it appears that they have forgotten the reason he did it in the first place. Many other athletes are starting to kneel in support of Kap, which is great, but us as people are idolizing the image instead of the message.
Colin Kaepernick explained his reason for sitting during the national anthem.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”
This is Kaepernick’s true message. This is what he’s kneeling for. Our brave military fights for “freedom for all,” but “freedom for all” is not being practiced in this country; even for our troops. This country is disrespecting all branches of the military by not honoring what they fight and put their lives on the line for. Our troops fight so that Kap can kneel & take a stand against social injustice, so if there is anyone mad, then one must ask themselves what do our troops fight for then? And if what they fight and die for is not being honored, is it all in vain?
We must not get caught up in worshipping Kap and the form of protest, but instead we must start finding solutions for the reason he is kneeling. The people that are for him are not better than the people that are against him if they are not pushing the true message forward.
Thankfully the San Francisco 49ers’ CEO Jed York understands the message.
“Today, I am committing that the 49ers Foundation will contribute $1 Million to the cause of improving racial and economic inequality and fostering communication and collaboration between law enforcement and the communities they serve here in the Bay Area.”
This is a big step forward in steering the message the right way. The 49ers understand the message and so does Kaepernick, who has pledged a million dollars of this season’s salary, to be put towards organizations that he is talking to. Let’s remember the why and not solely focus on the person or the act. America has a deep issue with how black and brown people are treated by the police and it needs to stop.