Guest Blogger – Colbren Thompson – Distraction?
Colbren Thompson is a Senior at the University of Central Missouri majoring in Digital Media Production with an emphasis in audio. He is also a devoted fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, a creator of quality content, and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has football fans all over the world discussing his actions within the last couple of months. If you have been hiding under a rock and don’t completely understand Kaepernick’s actions allow me to explain. Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players have started protesting about the social injustices in America. Colin Kaepernick was the first player to start this protest, and he decided to sit down during the national anthem at his football games.
After being asked why he decided to sit during the national anthem Kaepernick responded, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.” Nonetheless there were some Americans who were furious by the acts of the young quarterback even saying that he was being extremely disrespectful to the country. Even after all of the negative comments and reporter questions Kaepernick never apologized for sitting during the anthem, because sometimes you have to make others uncomfortable to prove your point. Other NFL players wanted to join in on Kaepernick’s protest, but they weren’t too hype about just sitting during the anthem away from their teammates. After taking suggestions from other players, NFL staff, and activist Kaepernick and other NFL players decided not to sit down during the anthem. Instead they decided to be right next to their teammates on the sidelines, and just take a knee while the national anthem played.
I personally agree with Colin Kaepernick and his protest because he is ironically standing up for people who feel like they aren’t being heard. There are protest going on in America every single day about the social injustices, but they aren’t being televised. Kaepernick started sitting/kneeling for the national anthem to make a statement, and he immediately made that statement because everyone wanted to know why he wasn’t standing for the anthem. One thing I do find very frustrating though are the people who just completely look over his reasoning, and says Kaepernick should just stand for the pledge of allegiance like everyone else. That seems kind of confusing to me though, because if America is the land of the “free” why is it such a big ordeal that an athlete sits/kneels during the national anthem? Shouldn’t athletes be able to do whatever they want to do during the anthem because its their constitutional right?