The Kaepernick Conundrum

I wasn’t even going to write about this because frankly, I didn’t want to give this guy any more publicity than he’s already received. In case you haven’t heard, the Colin Kaepernick story, it goes like this…San Francisco is playing their first pre-season game the other day, and Colin Kaepernick, who used to be a pretty decent quarterback, but is now relegated to the role of back up for the 49’ers, decides he doesn’t want to stand for the National Anthem. He says that he’s protesting the fact that the flag represents oppression and inequality, and until America gets “right” and represents all of the people, he’s not going to stand for the National Anthem or the flag.

OK, on the surface, let’s agree on one thing. We have a thing called freedom of speech in this country, and Colin Kaepernick has the right to it as well. If he wants to make a political statement by not standing for the National Anthem prior to his work, that’s his business, and he’s entitled to do what he wants.

On the other hand, who the hell really cares what a washed up quarterback really thinks about politics? And the more important question is, what difference is what he’s doing really going to make? Are all of our problems going to be solved because one idiot decides he’s not going to stand up for the National Anthem? Of course not. At the very least, you could say he’s opened up some sort of national dialogue over the issue. But he really hasn’t because no one is trying to solve the problems he’s pointing out, and HE is certainly not trying to solve any of the problems he’s pointing out. He’s just pointing them out. I think we all know they’re there Colin…it’s pretty friggin’ obvious!

So, what’s the big deal? Well, the whole point of this is, and my liberal buddies aren’t going to like it one bit. If you want to make a big deal out of something, do something about it. Don’t just hold a sit in and feel like you’ve accomplished more than widening your ass. Don’t march down a street holding a sign and think you’ve changed the world. What you need to do is actually do something constructive that would change the friggin’ problem. Not standing for a song, regardless what the song is, doesn’t change a damn thing. And neither will the “national dialogue” that you’ve spurred. It’ll be gone by the next news cycle (it’s already relegated to the back pages of most websites). By this weekend, it’ll be forgotten altogether. It’s then become a big waste of time of all-talk, no-action.

What I would suggest Colin Kaepernick do if he REALLY wanted more than a few days of attention, is do something about it. Start a movement to change and get rid of oppression and inequality. Run for congress, or start in San Francisco. That community is one of the most inequitable communities in the country! Start by making a difference in someone’s life. Then make a difference in someone else’s life. And keep going. Quit football and make this your passion if indeed it is your passion. And if it’s not, sit there and shut up…and learn to play your position better. Maybe that way you would get more playing time.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

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2 thoughts on “The Kaepernick Conundrum

  1. It just goes to show what lengths people will go to remain in the spotlight, be it politics, theater or sports. I think he did not expect the attention that he got but is running with it. Careful where it takes you sir…

    • He wasn’t getting much attention sitting on the bench during games……why not get some attention before they start. “Hey look at me, since I’m a bench player, I’ll just take my seat during the anthem……..its where you can normally find me.”

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