Re “Kaepernick shows American protest is an act of faith” (Page 1B, Sept. 15): Seems Leonard Pitts Jr. has his opinion, as he is afforded by the Constitution, and so does Colin Kaepernick. Just like those two individuals, I also have my opinion. I think Kaepernick is going about promoting his protest against racism the wrong way.
You don’t disrespect someone just to get attention to get your voice heard. With all of Kaepernick’s fame and money, there are many ways he can bring his protest to national attention without hurting the families of fallen soldiers. The problem is that most Americans take for granted the freedoms they have. I fought for this country and have seen other brave soldiers take their last breath, so yes, the flag means something more to me than most. You don’t have be in the military to know of that sacrifice; take a trip to Arlington Cemetery and see for yourself.
You can sit there in your privileged life and disrespect the bravery of those who fought for your right to protest, or you can find a way to protest without harming others. I agree with Kaepernicks message, if it’s a protest against racism. I do not agree with the disrespectful way he brings it to our attention.
Doug B. Wilkerson, Modesto