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August 27, 2016

DAILYKENN.com -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the National Anthem. It was a silent protest, he explained. He's not proud of the American flag and the nation that oppresses people of color.

According to NFL.com, he explained:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

'People of color' are being oppressed by whom? There is only one option: White people. 

Kaepernick's contention is, therefore, patently racist in that it singles out white people exclusively. Furthermore, he wholly ignores both the life-enhancements Western culture has provided to non-whites and ignores the generations-old epidemic of black-on-white crime. 

• The precedent was set when Americans sat idly by while the Confederate flag was stigmatized as "racist." Even the Southern Baptist Convention was foolish enough to condemn the flag and, in so doing, participated in the psychological road paving for condemnations of the American flag. 

We can expect more of the same in the future as the American flag will be increasingly demonized until it is viewed with the same irrational disdain as the Confederate flag. 

• Reports say Colin Kaepernick's annual salary of $19-million, his 6-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, included a $12,328,766 signing bonus with $61,000,000 guaranteed. The total package is constitutes a $114,000,000 contract. 

Poor wretched soul.

We wonder how much of his privileged earnings he's redistributed to the poor, non-whites.

From NFL.com:

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

His latest refusal to stand for the anthem -- he has done this in at least one other preseason game -- came before the 49ers' preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick's decision: "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA's Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.

However, refusal to support the American flag as a means to take a stand has brought incredible backlash before and likely will in this instance. The NBA's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf of the Denver Nuggets, formerly Chris Jackson before converting to Islam, refused to acknowledge the flag in protest, citing similar reasons as Kaepernick and saying that it conflicted with some of his Islamic beliefs.

Abdul-Rauf drew the ire of fans and was briefly suspended by the NBA before a compromise was worked out between the league and player, who eventually stood with his teammates and coaches at the playing of the national anthem.

Kaepernick said that he is aware of what he is doing and that he knows it will not sit well with a lot of people, including the 49ers. He said that he did not inform the club or anyone affiliated with the team of his intentions to protest the national anthem.

"This is not something that I am going to run by anybody," he said. "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right."

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  1. This is nothing new. I was at a baseball game and NONE of the blacks I saw in the stadium stood up while the national anthem played. We are not the UNITED states anymore. Thanks Obama.

  2. its all reversed, i quit the NFL years ago. NCAA only! it gets much worse i will quit that.

  3. I also stopped watching NFL and the NBA years ago . nothing but thugs anyway . I'm just about to give up on the SEC also . It's all just about thugs .

  4. For anyone harboring residual guilt toward blacks: Africa, the Carribean, and cities across America are filled with examples of what happens when blacks get even a portion of what they want politically. And they're not nearly satisfied with the havoc they've already created. They want more: much, much more. Their only response to consistent black failure is to demand a broadening and acceleration of the same irrational ideas and unworkable policies that have led them to their current condition in the hope they will somehow magically start working. Their most intelligent and eloquent leaders are (sadly) like overgrown children mouthing cliches they heard from the adults but do not understand. The same inability of individual blacks to correlate cause and effect also afflicts them collectively as a people. They are not responsible,they are not competent, and they are not rational. If we continue to pander to their insanity much longer, we will go down with them.


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