San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has rightly come under fire for refusing to stand during the pledge of allegiance prior to a game the other day. He explained at the end of the game (which they lost), that “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He’s specifically speaking of police brutality, apparently unaware that whites are victimized by police much more often than blacks in America.
Indeed, how oppressed are those like Kaepernick, who was adopted and raised by two white parents, and earns a salary of nearly $20 million a year to throw a ball around? In fact, this nation oppresses people of color so much that the majority of ethnic minorities earn more than Caucasians!
Yeah – I don’t think we’ll hear liberals whining over “Filipino privilege” anytime soon.
Kaepernick has been blasted by those left, right, and center. If he truly was part of an oppressed group, does anyone really think he’d have the freedom to protest in the way he did? Of course not. Imagine if ISIS had their own sports teams, and required the players to pray before every game. How do you think it would turn out if someone refused? They might have the freedom to do so – but not to keep their head on their shoulders.
Of all people, Kaepernick is in debt to those who’ve fought for his freedom to disrespect America. Lt. Col Allen West was one of them, who titled his piece from the perspective of a non-oppressed black man. Another is senior airman and triple amputee Brian Kolfage, who posted a message to the NFL star on Facebook which is bound to go viral.
Colin Kaepernick I lost my legs and arm fighting in the US military, the same military that I took an oath to defend our nation and flag from enemies foreign and domestic. Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed. We live in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is. Where women are beaten and killed in honor if they are raped, where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60’s, that’s just a little taste of what oppression is. You Know NOTHING of what oppression is. Every American has a choice and every opportunity to better their lives, this is America the greatest country on this planet.
If Kaepernick really wants to know what oppression is like, he should consider moving to a Muslim country.
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