Over the weekend, mediocre 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick
sat during the national anthem. Why? Because he says he won’t honor the American flag while it stands for institutional racism. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said the man with a 78.5 quarterback rating in 2015 and an average annual salary of $19,000,000. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” He continued by stating, “I am not looking for approval, I have stand up for people that are oppressed.”
Leave aside the obvious hypocrisy of this nonsense – Kaepernick is one of the most privileged people in America. Leave aside the fact that Kaepernick was adopted and raised by a white family. Leave aside the fact that Kaepernick began styling himself a civil rights hero right around the time he started sucking at his job, and that he was fined for yelling the n-word at another player in 2014. Leave aside the lies undergirding his perspective – America is the best place on earth for people of color to live, including black folks, and the notion that the cops are broadly targeting black men for death is statistically false.