BP#1: As Kaepernick’s racial injustice protest hits the road, a country begins to talk- an article from the Guardian.

I found an article from the Guardian by Dave Shilling. The topic of discussion was on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, A few weeks ago he made the conscious decision to stay seated during the national anthem to promote awareness of police brutality and social injustices people of color face on a daily. The article went on to talk about how his sitting during the national anthem was perceived by game goers, and the American public in general. Shilling went on delve deeper into the meaning behind the action Kaepernick took, and race relations in America between White and Black people.  The article also held a video of Colin In the locker room and during the press conference where Kaepernick said,

“The message is that we have lots of issues in this country that we need to deal with. We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that are not treated equally. [They] aren’t being given equal opportunities. The media painted what I did as Anti-American, and anti-men and women of the military, and that’s not the case at all. This country stands for freedom, liberty, and justice for all, and that’s not happening right now.” – Colin Kaepernick

Some people didn’t see his demonstration as heroic or, conscious. One game goer stated that she did not agree with it at all; saying, “It was VERY disrespectful.” I’ll be honest and say it looks as if some White people don’t like what he did. I think that they are only viewing it as a dis to America simply because they are blinded by their white privilege. Maybe as a Black woman I struggle to see the issue with his staying seated, he wants to bring about awareness in terms of race relations in America. I think that Colin Kaepernick did a good thing in terms of helping to kick start a much needed conversation about race, and the idea of equal treatment.

He used his celebrity as a platform to shed much needed light on a very old, but very controversial issue in America. Let’s think about the idea of liberty and justice—if this country is just then why is it that a pro football player felt the need to sit out when a fellow American sang the national song about freedom? This is because people don’t actually receive equal treatment. Colin Kaepernick, like many others feels that now is the time to stop pretending. Police brutality is real. Racial inequality is real. Even though it can be hard to see his side of it I think it’s important that people do. I’ll just say it. The national anthem was not written with people of color in mind. If you ask people of color how they feel about the national anthem you’ll find that a good portion of them feel conflicted, if they answer honestly. I don’t stand with Colin. I’ll sit this one out with him.

 

 

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One thought on “BP#1: As Kaepernick’s racial injustice protest hits the road, a country begins to talk- an article from the Guardian.

  1. I really like your analysis of the issue that White American is having with Colin Kaepernick. As a White man born and raised in the South I was aware of racism from a very early age. From the use of derogatory words to acts of discrimination and violence, racism was very apparent as it still is to this day. To realize this all you would have to do is go down South circa 2008 around the time Barack Obama was being elected president and just listen to what White southerners had to say about this and what they still say about him. From the same people that treat Black America as second class citizens there is a disconnect because they actually believe that since America has elected a Black president race issues are no more. And what I think some White Americas don’t understand is that just because they have never experienced racism themselves how could racism still be going on, I mean it’s 2016 not 1965, right?….In 1972, Jackie Robinson’s autobiography stated how being the son of a sharecropper and the grandson of a slave would not allow him to salute the flag or stand and sing the national anthem. His point of view of America with all of its discrimination, racism and bigotry made him realize that he was a Black man in White world. What has changed in America? There are still problems with education, housing, gentrification, discrimination, marginalization, and police brutality to name a few of the many issues facing Black America. I believe that what Kaepernick did was statement of his integrity as a human being. He noticed a problem and he stood up or sat down as it may be for that his beliefs to hopefully bring awareness to a problem facing America. I don’t fully understand the argument about how a lot of people say that men and women died for this flag and died so that you can have the luxuries that you have today. Ok, that is understandable a lot of people did die protecting this flag and country, but to turn that around, what exactly has this country done for Black America? Let’s talk about mass incarceration, the War on Drugs, Jim Crow, slavery, racism and on and on and on. Land of the free and home of the brave – if only we had more people brave enough to bring awareness to these issues and create change then Black America could finally be free.

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