I would like to address Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, and his non-discerning cohorts who choose to sit, or take a knee, or raise a fist at their NFL football games during the playing of the national anthem. First of all I want to be extremely clear in stating the fact that I believe in, and support, Colin’s right of free speech. That is one of the very basic and cherished freedoms of our wonderful country.
Now having said that, I would like to point out that Mr. Kaepernick has taken a very ignorant, non-discerning, dishonoring, misleading, divisive, and self-aggrandizing approach to try to prove his point. He stated that his point was, “I won’t stand to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people”.
We are talking about a country Sir that has afforded you the opportunity to really make something of yourself. To let you grow up and achieve stardom, fame, wealth, education and success.
Why don’t you get your head out of your… helmet, and realize that what you are doing has nothing to do with racial injustice. This is not a black-and-white issue. This is a red white and blue issue!
You are not making a case against oppression. You, and your cohorts, and now anyone else who has chosen to join your misguided campaign are making a case of gross dishonor. You are dishonoring our veterans. You are dishonoring our military. You are dishonoring our history. You are dishonoring our heritage. You are dishonoring our Country. You are dishonoring our flag. You are dishonoring every man and woman, irregardless of their color or race, who has ever died to protect, defend, and preserve your freedoms which you are now flaunting as a banner to promote racism.
Why don’t you become a part of the solution instead of creating more of a problem. You need to apologize to the American people. You need to correct your misleading among your cohorts, with young people, and others who have ignorantly chosen to follow your misdirected lead. Why don’t you use a part of your huge paychecks, in consultation with wise leadership, and work at creating a solution against racial oppression, and many other social ills of our nation — instead of adding to the problems!
If you really want to take a stand for what is right, you will start by taking a STAND the next time our honorable national anthem is played! Cross your heart. Keep your eyes on that flag. And then look around where you will see me and thousands of other grateful Americans standing in honor of the red white and blue.