Unless you have been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard of the shit storm stirred up by San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick by refusing to stand for the playing of the National Anthem at games. He is entitled to his opinion and his right to act according to his beliefs. That is what makes America great; you can have any opinion you want about any topic you want (unless you are white, heterosexual, politically conservative, or a cop). However, the way he is expressing his is what rubs me the wrong way. I find it totally fucking disrespectful and despicable.
It seems his position is that he refuses to stand as a protest for what he believes are wrongdoings against black Americans and other minorities in the United States. Note that I did not use the PC term ‘African-American‘. I am of German and Irish lineage, with a smattering of American Indian thrown in, but I am an American. I think <enter country here>-American is just more ‘look at me’ bullshit.
What he should do is shut the fuck up while he is at work, and stop being a distraction. He should stand and pay tribute to the people who have sacrificed so that he can be an individual. If he wants to really tackle the ‘wrongdoings’ against blacks and other minorities, maybe he should spend some of his millions of dollars getting involved in community outreach, or maybe education programs. My observation is that it appears a lot of black people need to be educated about the fact that they continue to stay in their ‘positions’ in life because they won’t finish school, won’t get a job so they can get off the government tit, and won’t teach their kids how to not get knocked up at 14. Add to that, the epidemic refusal by black men to actually FATHER their children so another generation of ‘everything is the white man’s fault and I want a hand out because YOU owe me’ can be avoided. An education might also help them to realize that the Democrat party is partially responsible for why they are where they are. Any political party that builds its support on the back of promises of free shit only helps to perpetuate the cycle that so many of these folks find themselves in. Yet, across the board, in almost every election, the black community helps to vote in the crook that will give them the most free shit; enabling them to stay EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE. Education Colin, education. Spend your bucks on that. Protest by making the people who are being ‘mistreated’ smarter. Help (protest!) by teaching them how to help themselves.
Kaepernick’s public display has drawn other athletes to the cause. In fact, it is rumored that the whole of the Seattle Seahawks will sit or kneel for their opening game against the Miami Dolphins…ON SEPTEMBER 11! You have got to fucking be shitting me?! Apparently, head coach Pete Carroll completely supports this silent ‘protest’. In my mind, if the Seahawks management allows this to happen, they will go from disliked rival to the most chickenshit organization in the NFL. What’s next? A ceremonial pissing on the American flag by all the players that feel they have an axe to grind? Knowing the fucking NFL, they would sell it on pay-per-view.
Let me ask this question, would your employer allow you to protest a current event, policy, anything on company time? Would they allow you to disturb your work place with a potentially controversial display? What’s more, would they pay you to do it? That is exactly what is occurring with these ‘look at me’ douchebags. Any organization that tolerates it is tacitly supporting the position, and as such puts their name firmly on my ‘chickenshit organization’ list.
A fantastic way to curb this kind of interruption to the good order of games presented itself from an unusual quarter….SOCCER! No shit, I kid you not. It seems a soccer player by the name of Megan Rapinoe decided to stand in solidarity with Kaepernick at a recent National Women’s Soccer League match. Deciding that an individual protest should not upend/interrupt/hijack their soccer match, the home team ‘Spirits’ played the Anthem before the players made their way out to the pitch. Absofuckinglutely beautiful! If you want to protest, or make a stand, do it on your own time. You’re entitled to your opinion, of course. Men and women have died to ensure you have that right. But keep it to your fucking self when you’re on the clock.
Get this; the twat was self-righteously indignant that someone had the audacity to side-step her bullshit. After the game, she was quoted as saying, “Unbelievable! It was incredibly distasteful, four days before one of the worst tragedies in our country, to say I tried to hijack this event”. Well, what the fuck was it? Look at me, I am doing something I know is going to stir up some shit…..in other words, hijack.
All of these athletes keep saying that they hope their ‘protests’ will spark meaningful dialogue. All I see it doing is polarizing the country further. Me personally, I see professionals who get paid a lot of money to play a sport using a personal belief to distract from what should be going on….a fucking game! If they feel they must, then do it some other time. The media whores are more than willing to stick a microphone in their face any time they want.
All professional and semi-professional sports leagues should learn from the one NWSL team that had the stones to put a stop to it. If their athletes feel compelled to be disrespectful during our National Anthem, play it before the players take the field. These folks are supposed to be adults. They should realize there is a time and a place for things, and game time isn’t it.