Whenever people get going on topics like what they would do if they were something or somebody else, they’re always just talking about if that change happened right now.
Like, if I were to say, “If I were white, I’d do blah-blah-blah” what I’d mean would be if I were to change from Black to white instantaneously, I’d do blah-blah-blah.
What I can’t account for, of course, is how I’d respond if I had been born white and therefore raised, groomed and conditioned toward “white thought.”
So when white people start going in and going off on Colin Kaepernick, the first point they’re missing is that they’re not Black.
The next point they’re missing is that if they were to suddenly turn Black, they’d have far greater concerns than whether or not to stand for the flag while the National Anthem played.
The third point they’re missing is that we’re discussing Colin Kaepernick and not the other way around so whatever Kaepernick has been doing up until the point some might consider him having gone astray must have been working.
And the final point they’re missing is that if they’d been born and raised Black yet have any kind of self-awareness, pride, self-esteem or self-worth, sitting out the National Anthem might seem kiddie stuff while their plans were more along the lines of Micah Johnson or Gavin Eugene Long.
Another troubling thing about (mostly) white people in this “land of the free” of ours is that disagreement has altogether vanished as an option.
A Nazi-like state of correct and incorrect now exists whereas if I don’t agree with you, you don’t just simply have an opposing opinion, you happen to be wrong.
If we weren’t in this state, there’d be no controversy whatsoever, nobody would be trying to get Kap to agree or comply, those that agreed would simply rock with him and those that didn’t would say some shit like, “Well, the flag’s been good to me!” slap their hands across their hearts and proceed as usual.
The idea that a man’s opinion could be somehow “disrespectful” to anyone else flies directly in the face of the freedom this country was allegedly founded to insure.
Sidebar: I’m literally amazed that 49ers head coach Chip Kelly is even remotely considering starting Blaine Gabbert and not Colin Kaepernick at quarterback to begin the season.
And this, of course, goes far deeper than either player’s ability to actually play football.
There is simply no quarterback in the NFL that most fans (and non-fans) wanna see play more and in many cases, that includes their own favorite team’s starting QB.
PT Barnum must be rolling over in his grave at the pathetic spectacle that has become American “entertainment”.
Now back to the controversy; if you and I were to choose to disagree on a certain topic, neither of us should be offended.
In fact, since people are trying to argue that saluting the flag is as good as chocolate cake, we should each be relieved because your decision to ignore is directly proportionate to my ability to enjoy.
So why not a “More flag for me!” perspective on Kap, white America?
Or are symbols of oppression only of value when their biggest victims have been brainwashed into becoming their staunchest defenders?