Peaceful protest is a right that we, as American citizens, have. If we don’t like something, we can let others know. Dr. King did it. Rosa Parks did it. So did Susan B. Anthony, Muhammad Ali, and all of the people of the “Occupy Wall St.” movement. Enter Colin Kaepernick. If you don’t know who he is, Colin is the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who is refusing to stand during the National Anthem before the 40ers’ games. In this episode of Beer & Bros., Lyle and I discuss Kaepernick’s protest and whether or not we believe he should even be protesting. Click play and listen.
“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 are getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick told NFL Media.
Good for him.
Civil rights are important for everyone. Thank you, Colin, for standing up for my rights. Oh, wait, you’re protesting because black people are being killed and treated unfairly by police? So, you’re not standing (or in this case kneeling) for my rights?
Let’s glaze over that for a moment. How about the way he’s protesting? A lot of Americans, black, white, hispanic, and other, hold that flag and the National Anthem in high regard. Listen to the most recent episode of “Conversation Corner” to hear a veteran’s opinion. Is disagreeing with the actions of a few reason enough to stand (or kneel) against something so important to the majority of Americans? Are there better ways to approach the issue, Colin? Listeners?
Have a listen to this episode to see if Colin’s case even holds water. Do the numbers support his (and the media’s) claim that blacks are being killed and harassed by police disproportionately? Is he ruining our sporting events… a good time people paid good money for?
Listen to this episode. Click play. Let us know what you think, and thanks for tuning in.
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