Colin Kaepernick and his peaceful protest

From CNN’s LZ Granderson:

Now that the dust surrounding Kaepernick’s departure from the NFL has settled, we’re able to have a more substantive conversation about some of the controversial topics that his peaceful protest against oppression of people of color during the national anthem sparked: freedom of speech and patriotism.

I don’t think anything connected to Kaepernick’s departure from the NFL has settled. On the contrary, the last I read it’s now going to arbitration.

Kaepernick chose a time stage his peaceful protest when everyone else at the stadium was standing and showing respect. I found his peaceful protest to be extremely rude, much like I would an atheist who refused to stand during a prayer at a Catholic funeral. If Kaepernick hates America so much for its oppression of people of color, he should do it on his own time, not when everyone else is showing respect.

If he thinks America is so bad for people of color, what country does he think they would have it any better? I can think of no better country than the United States for people of any color to live in. Kaepernick must agree because although he has more than enough money to move anywhere in the world, he chooses to live in the United States of America.

I judge a man by the t-shirts he wears

It’s hard to believe Kaepernick is against the oppression of people of color when he wore a t-shirt honoring the murderous communist known as Fidel Castro.

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Colin Kaepernick wearing a Fidel Castro Malcolm X t-shirt.

Wearing a Fidel Castro t-shirt is like wearing an Adolf Hitler t-shirt. When it comes to the oppression of people of color, Castro was a bonified champion of it.

Burning Nike products is also a peaceful protest

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Since Nike announced it was using Colin Kaepernick in its new “Just Do it” ad campaign, people have posted photos and videos showing the burning of their Nike shoes and other Nike items. People who side with Kaepernick and his right to peaceful protest are having a good laugh over this. Don’t they understand the people doing this are engaging in their own peaceful protest?

If I didn’t know better, I’d think people who side with Kaepernick do so not because they’re supporters of free speech, but because they also hate America, the police, daylight savings time, or whatever else Kaepernick is against. They only support free speech when it’s aligned with their own thoughts and opinions.

I totally understand why people are burning their Nike products. On the Tuesday episode of NPR’s Up First, the host more than implied people who are against Nike using Kaepernick in their ad campaign don’t matter to Nike because they don’t buy Nike products. That’s clearly not true when you see people burning their Nike stuff. I have a closet full of Nike products. I’m not planning on burning any of it, but I don’t plan on wearing any of it either. It will probably all go into a box in the attic.

I certainly won’t buy any Nike merchandise in the future.  Not anymore.

The people burning their Nike gear are proving they bought Nike gear in the past. They’re proving they will never wear any of it again. Nobody can accuse them of not being Nike customers.

Thank God for Adidas and Under Armour

I’ll probably stick to Adidas products. As a German company, I think they’re less inclined to get involved with American social justice foolishness. They probably just want to focus on making better products. There’s also Under Armour. They’re located here in Maryland and they not only make athletic gear, they also make clothing for police and military members. I doubt they would ever associate with someone who dishonors flag and country the way Kaepernick does.

It’s not like I don’t have choices. I just wish Nike had taken people like me into consideration before taking such a controversial stand. Something tells me they didn’t do that. I don’t have a lot of money as Colin Kaepernick does. Not wearing any of my Nike merchandise because the company insists on going in an-ill-thought out controversial direction, affects me financially. My love of Nike products isn’t nearly as strong as my love of country.

Nike sacrifices everything with new Colin Kaepernick ad

Nike revealed a new ad featuring Colin Kaepernick. It features the ex-NFL quarterback’s face with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” It also features the famous tag, “Just do it.” at the bottom with the iconic Nike swish.

I don’t understand why Nike did this. To say Colin Kaepernick is a divisive character is an understatement. When people began noticing he was not standing for the national anthem before each football game as an act of protest against police brutality, the public reaction was… mixed. Some viewed Kaepernick as a freedom fighter, others viewed him as being anti-American.

I just thought he was rude.

When Kaepernick remained seated or went to one knee during the national anthem, he was doing so when thousands of other Americans were standing at attention or with their right hand over their heart. If he doesn’t respect our country, at the very least he should respect the thousands of other Americans honoring the flag and the anthem. To do otherwise is rude.

There is a time and a place for everything

I support the free speech of anyone, even if that speech is contrary to what I believe. Although I spent close to ten years in the U.S. Air Force and learned to treat the flag and the anthem with honor and respect, I support those who burn our flag in protest. I don’t agree with it, but I agree with any American’s right to do it. That said, I do think there are situations where it’s inappropriate to burn a flag. For example, a situation where other Americans are honoring our flag.

I support Kaepernick’s right to dishonor our country. I just wish he’d do it on his own time.

I’m very disappointed with Nike

As a lifelong Nike customer, I wish they had not chosen to represent their brand in this way. Not only is it divisive, it’s highly dishonest. Kaepernick has not sacrificed everything. Although he no longer plays in the NFL, he still has a good chunk of the money he was paid during his career with the San Fransisco 49ers. His net worth is said to be around $20 million.

I don’t see how someone can sacrifice everything when they’re still a millionaire.

There’s also Kaepernick’s lawsuit against the NFL. He’s accusing all 32 teams in the league of collusion because no team wanted to sign him to a free agent contract after leaving the 49ers. Nike is the official clothier of the NFL. That deal continues until 2028. How Nike can sign an individual to a multi-million dollar endorsement deal who is suing its partner the NFL seems highly questionable.

I’m not a supporter of boycotts, but speaking personally, I just don’t feel like wearing anything made by Nike anymore. I pay a premium to own Nike products. I just don’t feel as though the brand is worth paying a premium for anymore. The brand feels to me to be soiled and tarnished. I feel as though Nike doesn’t want me to wear their products. I wish I didn’t feel that way, but I do.

Looks like Colin Kaepernick's NFL career is over

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still without a job. Considering the long list of mediocre quarterbacks signed by teams to fill backup quarterback  positions, chances are Kaepernick’s days sitting on the bench in the NFL are over. This would mean having to watch him sit, kneel, squat, or put his body in some other position of disrespect while everyone else stands for the national anthem is over too.

Good on both counts.

Although I’ve never considered myself to be overly patriotic, I do try to be polite. When everyone else is standing for the national anthem and you refuse to do it too, you’re being rude. That’s what Colin Kaepernick is: a rude, racially divisive asshole.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told the NFL shortly after people noticed he wasn’t standing for the national anthem. Kaepernick then wore a t-shirt honoring former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, a man responsible for the murder of thousands of people of color.

When you wear a t-shirt honoring Fidel Castro or any other communist, you’ve lost all credibility on the subject of oppression. Colin Kaepernick is not a man of principle, he’s just a wannabe race-baiting edgelord.

When this controversy first started a year ago, I followed Colin Kaepernick on Twitter. Hardly anything the man tweeted was original. He mostly retweeted the words of other divisive assholes. It was as though he couldn’t formulate his own opinions in his own words on the things he claimed to care about. Colin Kaepernick’s not a leader, he’s a follower. One look at his Twitter feed only confirms that.

Playing in the NFL isn’t a right, it’s a privilege. I hope it’s a privilege Colin Kaepernick never gets again.

 

Woman kneels while singing national anthem

Denasia Lawrence sang the national anthem before a Miami Heat pre-season game. In a ridiculous attempt to show what she thinks about the country she was honoring with her singing, she kneeled. That’s right. The singer of the national anthem pulled a Kaepernick.

She also wore a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt under her blazer, sending a very strong message to the people watching who believe the lives of black people don’t matter. The type of racist mouth breathers who flock to pre-season NBA games.

Kneeling in place of sitting during the national anthem is stupid. To kneel is to show servitude to someone or something. Kneeling is demonstrating the complete opposite of what people who pull this stunt are trying to convey. They don’t even seem to realize this, making it terribly funny.

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Colin Kaepernick

I think whoever told Colin Kaepernick kneeling was a good compromise to standing for the national anthem was punking him. Has Colin Kaepernick never been to a Catholic church? What did he think all the kneeling was about, Catholics protesting God? Has he never seen Superman II? What did he think General Zod was doing when he wanted Superman to kneel before him?

If Denasia Lawrence doesn’t like America, if she believes it’s an evil, racist country that refuses to value the lives of black people, then she should have just declined the offer to sing the national anthem at the Miami Heat game.

What’s with the teal colored blazer? She was singing the national anthem at a Miami Heat game, not a Charlotte Hornets game. The color teal doesn’t belong at a Miami Heat game.

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Denasia Lawrence should be ashamed. Not for kneeling while singing the national anthem, that’s just silly, but for wearing teal to a Miami Heat game.

Megan Rapinoe kneels during national anthem while representing U.S.

Soccer player Megan Rapinoe is funny. At the beginning of last night’s game between the United States and Thailand, she refused to stand for the national anthem with her teammates. Instead, she took a knee to protest against all the injustice and inequality our country represents. Or something.

It wasn’t the first time Megan Rapinoe’s pulled this stunt and disrespected our country. She took a knee earlier this month between the Chicago Red Stars and her Seattle Reign. What makes last night’s stunt noteworthy is that she did it while wearing the U.S. Woman’s National Team uniform. She refused to stand and honor a country while representing that same country.

If that seems hypocritical, that’s because it is.

U.S. Soccer released the following statement on ESPN2:

Representing your country is a privilege and honor for any player or coach that is associated with U.S. Soccer’s National Teams. Therefore, our national anthem has particular significance for U.S. Soccer. In front of national and often global audiences, the playing of our national anthem is an opportunity for our Men’s and Women’s National Team players and coaches to reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate in this country. As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the National Anthem is played.

I expect U.S. Soccer to suspend Megan Rapinoe. They suspended Hope Solo six months for referring to the Sweden national team as “a bunch of cowards” after a 4-3 loss at the Rio Olympics. U.S. Soccer doesn’t mess around.

NFL players plan to protest against the United States 0n 9-11

Today marks the beginning of the 2016 NFL season. Technically, it began on Thursday night in a Super Bowl rematch between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers, but this is the first Sunday of the regular season. It also marks the 15th anniversary of the Islamist terror attacks that involved the hijacking of four commercial passenger jets so that they could be used as weapons, murdering over 3,000 people for no other reason than that they were Americans.

If you had told me on September 11, 2001, that fifteen years from now, NFL players would protest during our country’s anthem, I would have said you were on crack.

But that’s what is going to happen today. NFL players will either sit, squat, or kneel on one knee to protest against racial injustice in America. The same racist America that has had both an African-American as president and attorney general since 2009.

Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeled in protest during the anthem Thursday night. A few months ago Brandon Marshall signed a four-year, $32 million contract extension with the Broncos and yet somehow could not find the motivation to stand during our anthem. His teammates stood. The thousands of fans in attendance stood.

Brandon Marshall kneeled in protest.

Although I’ve never considered myself to be an overly patriotic person, these protests piss me off. I think they’re misguided, stupid, and unnecessarily rude. These protests are rude to the others standing in respect to the flag and our country’s anthem. If you don’t respect our country, then respect the others who are standing.

It would be similar to an atheist attending a funeral and refusing to stand during the prayer for the departed. If you don’t stand for the God you don’t believe in, then stand in regard for everyone else.

Don’t be a dick when you don’t have to.

I know that if I watch NFL football today, I’m going to be forced to watch players like Colin Kaepernick, the brainchild behind this retarded protest, disrespect my country and my fellow citizens. I just don’t want to see it. The idea that this is something to prepare for on the 15th anniversary of 9-11 is mind blowing.