Barack Obama has taken the side of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who decided to sit a couple of times during the playing of the national anthem, mainly because of what’s happening to black men across America at the hands of law enforcement.
So what else is new. Obama is the first president in American history that I know of who has consistently defended the right “not” to peaceably protest but instead to riot, to loot, to rob old men in stores, to try to take a gun from an officer, to ruin people’s businesses and lives with rioting and fires, to mow innocent people down with bullets in the streets of Chicago and defend the crooks and thugs.
Obama has also stood with the black equivalent of the KKK, that being Black Lives Matter.
From Yahoo News:
President Obama defended Colin Kaepernick while answering questions from the press at the G20 summit meeting in Hangzhou, saying that the quarterback was “exercising his constitutional right.”
Kaepernick, who has created a firestorm of debate over his criticism of the national anthem, has said that he will continue his protest of sitting out the anthem at the start of games indefinitely. This weekend, 49ers coach Chip Kelly announced that Kaepernick would be the team’s backup quarterback.
“I don’t doubt his sincerity,” Obama said of Kaepernick, before going on to say generating conversation on the topic was positive.
The conversation Kaepernick has generated — about race, patriotism, sports protest and violence by and against police — has not been received positively by all Americans.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said one week ago that “maybe [Kaepernick] should find a country that works better for him” and angry fans have posted videos of themselves burning Kaepernick jerseys and other memorabilia on social media.
The union for Santa Clara, California, Police Department officers — the police who workSan Francisco 49ers home games — said that its members would consider boycotting their duty to police the stadium if the team didn’t discipline Kaepernick for his actions.
Santa Clara Police Chief Michael Sellers offered a rebuke of that position on Saturday, saying that “officers are here to protect the rights of every person, even if we disagree with their position,” but also expressed sympathy for the union’s sentiment.
The guy may have the right, but I’m not going to applaud his actions, no more than I applaud the right of someone to burn a flag or abort a baby. It’s not a happy day.
Kaepernick can say what he wants, but the National Anthem and our flag do not solely represent our government and officials. They represent us as a nation. Most importantly they represent those that have and continue to serve and protect our freedoms. (Those that we still have.) Yes, he is entitled to his opinion, but in my opinion, he’s nothing more than ungrateful and disrespectful. Also, bringing politics to work is a good way to get fired no matter who you are.
There are many more appropriate places and productive ways to protest and express his feelings. What does Kaepernick feel he is accomplishing? How about using some of that football money and investing in the education of these police officers he has a problem with? Or spending time in these oppressed communities with citizens and law enforcement to figure out what the core problems are? The man has enough people who know who he is to go out and do something productive, yet he chooses to sit down in protest.
Not a very good role model if you ask me.
I never supported Obama and his two terms and I most certainly do not support Kaepernick. What do you think of Obama as the Commander-In-Chief supporting someone sitting down when the National Anthem is being played? Share your voices below in the comment section.