The Rob’s Radio Show Weighs in on Colin Kaepernick & Other Football Pros Protests
The Rob & Kat Mykals weighed in this morning on NFL player, Colin Kaepernick choosing to kneel once again during the National Anthem.
Not only did 49er's quarterback, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the opening of the Star Spangled Banner before Monday night's season openener, but so did a few of his teammates and even garnered a show of solidarity from a couple of members of their opposing team. Kaepernick claims he is protesting the deaths of African-Americans by police officers across the country. According to the Huffington Post, Kaepernick was quoted back in August as saying:
“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.”
Source: Huffington Post
The Rob, Kat Mykals & our Facebook page have weighed in on the situation.
I agree that Colin Kaepernick certainly has the RIGHT to not stand during our national anthem. I also don't disagree with his motivation, there certainly are SOME bad police officers. But disrespecting the flag and/or the National Anthem, as if AMERICA is the reason for your troubles is just wrong to me. America is the reason for riches, fame, and happiness, Mr. Kaepernick. Some bad cops are the reason for your anger... Don't forget that.
I commend Colin Kaepernick for utilizing his position in the public eye as a professional athlete to bring awareness to the issue. I believe that he has every right to choose to kneel - just as much as Rob & I have a right to voice our opinions here. The first amendment to the Bill of Rights grants us all that freedom. Whether you like that he does not stand for the national anthem or not, he has the right to not do so. While I do believe that we live in the single greatest country in the free world, I also believe that we are very broken. "United we stand. Divided we fall." The issues that Kaepernick are addressing are dividing us. Until the senseless killings stop, the social unrest is going to continue.