It seems our young “hero,” Colin Kaepernick, has worked his way into quite a social quagmire. I assume he must be a hero, otherwise why would we place so much credence on what he says or does? Is it because he doesn’t think our black president, or our black attorney general or our black secretary of homeland security can solve our country’s issues?
Freedom of speech you say? Yes, the 1st Amendment prohibits government from passing laws “prohibiting … freedom of speech,” but the NFL and 49ers are not government entities. It doesn’t prohibit them.
What will it take for Kaepernick to rise? Does he even know?
In 2015, 127 police officers died while on duty. That same year 1,186 people were killed by police; of those killed, 986 were men – one half white, the other half black. More startling, in 2011, the FBI reported 5,696 black-on-black murders occurred. So while the number of murders is shockingly high, none of those were killed by police.
I realize that, notwithstanding our black leaders in Washington, racial inequality still exists. But I doubt if not standing up for our national anthem will help. Going to Chicago and becoming a Community Organizer, like President Obama did, might help.
James Wells, Waterford