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Colin Kaepernick is No Civil Rights Hero

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looks on before the national anthem against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Cornell William Brooks, president of the NAACP, recently insisted it was “not a stretch” to associate Colin Kaepernick, a football star refusing to stand for the National Anthem, with Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks, who refused to move to the back of a bus in 1955.

Actually, it is a stretch—and an insult to the heroism of the Civil Rights revolution and its leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, who launched the Montgomery bus boycott in response to Ms. Parks’ experience. Rosa Parks was a victim of segregation, denied the fundamental right to keep her seat on public transport; Kaepernick is a millionaire athlete who’s been denied very little in his privileged life.

Moreover, Dr. King embraced patriotic symbols: he proudly honored the flag and the Constitution as means to arouse the conscience of America. He never would have disrespected the anthem, rejecting such a hostile gesture as counterproductive and, in fact, contemptible.

 

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  1. stephen f conway  •  Sep 16, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I hope he is the Jane Fonda of Football. He will not get any Company endorsements. Ha ha ! Watch the team lose fans and money. He is now a thorn in the side of the NFL.

  2. JAC  •  Sep 17, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Have you seen the bags under Roger Goodel's eyes ?

  3. Susan Millward  •  Sep 17, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    When Michael so justifiably repeats, “Another great day in this, the greatest country on God’s green earth,” I stand proud. It has been my experience to be among foreigners, immigrants, young college students who disparage the United State with their distorted rhetoric of negative information. I, as a young girl used to listen to my father, uncles, and neighborhood men tell stories of their experience fighting in WWII, defending the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as citizens of these United States today. I was taught, through example, to honor our flag, respect our patriots, and be thankful to God I was born in America. My opinion of Mr. Colin Kaepernick is that of an ignorant, entitled propagandized puppy who is a follower not a leader. My advice to him and any of his factions with his same mentality is, if you are so unhappy with the United States, leave. They have no idea how quick they would want to return. Because of our freedoms there are many reputable avenues to make desirable improvements in our country and government. Colin’s behavior, his example, his outrageous display of disrespect should lose him his job.

  4. Mark Hudson  •  Sep 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    A pampered rich athlete, maybe now, but what proof do you have that he was never the victim of any bigotry, racial discrimination? While I appreciate most of your commentary, you are white. What do you know of his feelings, background? It is so easy for the bleached RNC (did you watch the convention?) to put him down. I would lay money on him being on the receiving end of prejudice. I had one of my black CC students tell me "Mr. H, you are the only white person who has ever been kind to me." I was shocked, I had not done anything special other than to treat him like the human being he is. Mr. Trump, who perhaps you support, is pathetic in his disparaging of Hispanics and the disabled, who he mocks. And then he attacks McCain, an honored vet. I tremble at the thought of either he or Hillary being president. It should be apparent to anyone with a half ounce of spiritual and biblical discernment that our nation is under judgment. We would do more by repentance than by our votes, whose will of the people the Courts just overturn anyway-witness Roe Wade and the recent support of Gay Marriage. Rather than changing the culture as salt and light, most of my students have bought into all the PC and postmodernism worldview. God help us. If I do vote it will be for Pense. When will our people/nation wake up and quit voting for people because they are white, black, or female, and vote justice, righteousness, and peace?

    • John D. Fiat  •  Sep 26, 2016 at 5:03 am

      Firstly, Jews aren't white, man. The last time I checked, Israel was in Asia! But regardless, why does that matter anyway? Mr. Kaepernick was raised by white people whom adopted him after his real parents (a black and an Arab?) abandoned him. So apparently, white people liked him. And what does "white" even mean anymore? Jews are conveniently "white" when the Leftist media needs them to be. For example, when they want to whine about supposed "income inequality" (between whites and blacks) they'll certainly count Jews as whites in order to pump up average white incomes. But when they're counting say, white crime (and say, it's too low for their taste when compared to blacks), then Hispanics will all of the sudden become "white" and they'll add them together. Remember, when they needed to blame a half Hispanic, half Jewish guy for killing a black teenager, they had to blame the mythical "white man." And they were very successful, because they actually convinced the majority of Americans that George Zimmerman was a "white-Hispanic" Wake up!

  5. Mark Hudson  •  Sep 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This business about "my country right or wrong" or "the police right or wrong" or "our army right or wrong" or "law and order right or wrong" is the kind of thinking that promotes the status quo and inhibitis civil and peaceful discussion of legitimate and genuine social evils. Abolitionists were told to keep their mouths shut and just love their country as they found it. While we are busy protesting the protesters, lets not leave out the KKK in our moral outrage.

  6. Nani  •  Sep 19, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I live in a state that has much grievances and many of my relatives are angry because of the way they were treated (actually, we heard stories of how Hawaiians were treated, most of us weren't alive back then). But the ironic thing is–and this goes for Blacks and anyone who feels they have a "beef" with America.

    Your idea of "right and wrong" is based on American ideals. In most nations, being equal, entitled to certain privileges to "make up for past wrongs", even the idea of an "illegal overthrow" is based on THIS country's constitution and culture. Only in America would the idea of slavery be a sin that our ancestors should be ashamed of. In most countries, slavery was a part of a proud history for it speaks of warriors that conquered and won battles and many STILL commit slavery in the name of religion and culture. Only in America can someone disagree and protest publicly. In most countries they would be shot or jailed at the very least. Only in America can an overthrow of a nation be called "illegal". In the Hawaii of old (and American Indians), chiefs were regularly invaded and their rule "overthrown".

    The water fountains and back of the buses, the blatant racism have NOT been experienced by this generation. Anyone who tells you different hasn't been paying attention. Every time a person is not hired, chosen, or been talked to rudely, that person/company can almost see a lawsuit coming their way.

    The "if you don't like it, leave" actually makes sense. I wouldn't stay somewhere that I don't feel welcomed and somewhere I don't respect the people, the government, the culture. Honestly, if America is that bad that you cannot show her the merest of respect like standing when her anthem is being played, then PLEASE go elsewhere. You may have to give up the millions of dollars, but what is money and a privileged lifestyle compared to YOUR beliefs and cause? I'd respect you more if you put your money where your mouth is.

  7. John D. Fiat  •  Sep 26, 2016 at 4:48 am

    I agree that Kaepernick is no hero, but neither was that name stealing, philandering, plagiarist that you apparently think is! He was merely a plant to start dividing and conquering Anglo Americans. But this anthem protest is obviously just a publicity stunt for Kaepernick. He went from Super Bowl starter to benchwarmer within half a season, which had to have been tough on his ego. He couldn't take it anymore, so he came up with a plan to become relevant again by taking advantage of a very gullible and faddish people, the African Americans. And it worked! (He's got all kinds of publicity now because so goes the African American, so goes the liberal media whom cater to them). He either knew (or some business guru explained to him) that blacks are so trendy, they'll basically blindly follow anything a black celebrity (or even cool or tough looking black guy off the street) says is the thing to do (even knock out old white people with sucker punches). It's been like this for decades, but now with social media it is the worst that its ever been. All it takes is a hashtag now, especially one that involves "black power" or "white racism" and the Black Sheeple will follow.

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