I think the biggest thing that Colin Kaepernick has done through his kneeling protests is show that nothing will ever be good enough for oppressors.
Conservatives love to point the finger at boisterous protests and scream about how they’re the reason they don’t listen to what those groups have to say. “If those darn minorities would just protest peacefully, we would listen to them!”
Colin Kaepernick and other players take a knee during the anthem, the most peaceful and debatably inoffensive form of protest, and these same people, including their beloved president, lose their collective shit.
Colin Kaepernick and the other players aren’t burning the flag. They’re not giving it the finger. They’re not leaving when the anthem is being sung. They’re literally kneeling. They’re offering it more respect than 90% of the people who step out the concession stand at a football game during the anthem do. I rarely see people there even take a breath between ordering their chilli dogs and their popcorn while the anthem is playing in the stadium.
But yet, kneeling during the anthem is, according to the president, worth being fired over. It’s worth boycotting the sport over. Literal white supremacists can be “very fine people” to the president, while the most peaceful protesters I think I’ve ever seen are “sons of bitches” who should be fired.
Conservatives love to bring up the constitution and the freedoms it guarantees until those same freedoms make them sad. I’m so glad to see many veterans supporting the protests publicly because they don’t enjoy being used as a weapon against people defending the freedoms the military is supposed to be defending.
Even if you don’t like football, watch it this season. Hell, just turn your TV on, hit mute and let it play in the background while you watch what you like on Netflix if you have to. If right wingers are serious about this and boycott the NFL, it could seriously hurt these players and that’s what they’re hoping will happen. These players deserve support, and it’s sad to know that they won’t get it from those who pride themselves on supporting free speech while falsely claiming the left wing doesn’t.
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