I am more concerned with Colin Kaepernick’s choice of socks than his being allowed to disrespect the flag. He was photographed wearing socks with cartoon pigs wearing police hats. This anti-police statement, like gangster rap, has a dangerous cultural impact on youth – especially those living in the inner city war zones.
Kaerpernick’s disclaimer is that he wears these socks to protest only rogue cops is lame. Does he really think that 12-year-olds can make that distinction? No, the message to them is that the police trying to protect them are the enemy. Bad police shootings rank way down the list in the incredible challenges faced by inner-city children which include: Gang violence (in Chicago alone, 90 people were killed last month), parental drug abuse, sex trafficking of minors, illiteracy and a factor from which Kaepernick suffered, disappearing dads. He is probably too much of a narcissist to – like so many black and white cops, ministers, teachers, volunteers and other athletes – quietly work in an inner city to fight these grave problems.
To make a real difference he could follow Shaquille O’Neal’s example and become a reserve police officer, a real hero.
Larry Hoyt, Turlock