Recently there has been an uproar about Colin Kaepernick and his decision not to stand during the national anthem. Some people hated his actions (or lack thereof) and thought it was "Un-American” while others loved it and thought it was brave.
Well I'm among the people that loved it and thought it was brave, and here's why.
1. Colin Kaepernick has the freedom to exercise his 1st Amendment right by speaking his mind and doing whatever he wants. It’s crazy to me how people forget that we have this basic "American" right.
2. I thought it was great that he used his platform to shed light on America’s ugly truth about oppression and the many injustices that have occurred in this country for years. It boggles my mind that people are more outraged about his actions rather than what he was actually protesting.
3. If Kaepernick wants to "sit" for what he think is right, I don't see the big deal behind that. People get bent out of shape when black celebrities and athletes stand up for what THEY believe and utilize their platform to do so. I guess they are only good for entertaining and playing sports.
With all of the backlash and racist comments, Colin Kaepernick is proving exactly what is wrong with these "United" States of AmeriKKKa. People need to see the bigger picture and stop vigorously defending white supermacy.
Yes he is a multi-millionaire. Yes he lives a privileged life. Yes he may not experience oppression like the common folk. However, at the end of the day he is a black man that has empathy for those that are oppressed.
As Malcom X eloquently stated, "A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything."
What are you willing to stand for?
Stay strong Colin Kaepernick and continue to stay seated in order to make a stand for what's right.
And America wake the fuck up.