I’ve been ranting and raving about the hypocrisy in the response to Colin Kaepernick’s protest by sitting during the national anthem. The denunciations have been the worst sort of cognitive dissonance. What sense does it make to accuse him of being unpatriotic when exercising freedoms is exactly why the patriots fight? I find myself agreeing with Ed Rendell:
“I was impressed that Malcolm said this wasn’t a reflection on the military or on the police in general, but there are serious issues and this is a great country because everyone can say what they want and express opinions. Is it appropriate to do this at a sporting event? Maybe not but on the other hand it’s the place where it gets the most attention. I think what Colin Kaepernick and other players have done has probably started more discussion about these issues than anything that can happen on the news side.”
Exactly. How many times have you been told that you should do your part to improve society and you thought “What can one person do?”. Well Colin Kaepernick and other football players, for better or worse, have a platform and are choosing to use it. And it has been successful. A national conversation has been started.
“I am extraordinarily impressed with Kaepernick who, I don’t know if everybody knows it, but he’s donated a million dollars of his salary to causes he cares about. Boy, that’s the first time I’ve seen an athlete do that and I think that’s impressive to see him put his money where his mouth is.”
Kaepernick has received death threats and had all manner of racist remarks made about him. He’s the most disliked football player. Here is a person who truly cares about making America great and is doing it in a humble (kneeling!) and peaceful way. Contrast that with someone else trying to make America great who is anything but humble and peaceful sounding.