With all of the videos, and jersey burnings, and outcries of “kick him out of the country,” I’ve decided to give my 2 cents to this.
Colin Kaepernick, I have just one thing to say to you. Own this action, if you truly believe what you say you do, and you feel this is what you need to do to get your point across, by all means, keep going.
Apparently, a lot of people in this country have forgotten what that flag stands for that they’re all saying he’s disrespected. That flag stands for freedom, and the bloodshed for that freedom. The freedom that Colin Kaepernick has to not stand for the National Anthem.
Sure, I’m going to be that guy, I’m going to be the guy going with the unpopular opinion. Kaepernick has done nothing here that puts him in the wrong. He’s expressing his RIGHT to protest peacefully. The people touting the Constitution as the reason this country is great should take a few minutes, and really soak in what freedom is; what rights are granted on that piece of parchment.
That being said… I don’t agree with what he did, not at all. I also had to take a step back from my initial reaction to come to the conclusion I have. I feel there are much better ways for him to get his point across than to try and make himself a martyr… but of course, I think that’s what he was trying to accomplish, and because of the so called “patriots,” he was able to accomplish this.
I personally don’t think a true patriot, would be calling for him to be kicked out of the country, or for him to be shipped off to war. To quote a book that I feel really embodies what the Founding Fathers of this country were attempting to create; “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
So disapprove of what this man has done all you like, but don’t you dare say he’s Un-American for exercising the right he has been granted as an American. If you’re looking for that kind of treatment of those that show “disrespect” to the country… I hear N. Korea and Saudi Arabia is nice this kind of year.