The Curious Case of Colin Kaepernick, Protest and Principle

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Colin Kaepernick-Standing On Principle

Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem

 

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last year, most people know about the Colin Kaepernick situation. During the 2016-2017 NFL football season, Colin decided to take a knee (during the national anthem) in silent protest to the issue of police brutality against black men and women. As a result…….you’ve guess it, plenty of back lash for him. We’ve heard so many accuse him of being un-patriotic, un-American, a thug (new code word for nigger) and the list is long. Their have been those who has suggested that Colin Kaepernick go along to get along. Even Michael Vick, who was the center of much hatred due to his dog fighting scandal has even suggested that Colin “get a haircut” and be more presentable to re-hab his image. Umm…..Michael, you sir is a convicted felon who got a second chance. Colin was just peacefully protesting on a knee………….NO COMPARISON! The subject of his playing ability versus the rest of the “mediocre at best” back up quarterbacks who’s managed to get jobs this off-season isn’t even a factor. As a matter of fact, they should be thanking him for their jobs because from the team owner’s point of view, Colin Kaepernick is the poster child of talent is never enough. This is not an issue about stats, ability or hair styles. We’ve seemed to have a conversation about everything but what Kaepernick was peacefully protesting about in the first place……………………….POLICE BRUTALITY!!!

The Numbers

Source: mappingpoliceviolence.org

 

In Colin Kaepernick’s mind, he figured being that black men only made up 6% of the US. population but yet make up 70% of the players in the NFL, it was baffling why the league hasn’t openly spoke out against police brutality. He decided to take action to bring attention to the issue. As a result, he is being blackballed. Plain and simple. This isn’t an issue about his playing ability or his stats. Those speak for themselves. It’s about fan perception which ultimately leads to…………MONEY. Speaking of money, let’s talk about this number……13.3 BILLION dollars. That was the estimated revenue projection for the 2016-2017 season from Rodger Goodell (NFL commissioner). Speaking of good ole’ Rodger, here is another number…… his salary was $31.7 million dollars in 2015 from a league that comprises of 7o% black players. The league and Rodger Goodell has made a lot of money from the very folks that they have chosen to be very silent about who is suffering the most when it comes to police brutality. This is also a league that has very little black representation in executive positions and ownership? Forget about it…..That’s another post all by itself. Speaking of numbers………..

 

 

As it stands right now, supposedly the Baltimore Ravens are taking a serious look at Colin Kaepernick because they have a need for solid back-up quarterback. There has been other teams in the same position but they just didn’t think Colin was a “good fit” for their organizations. It’s like a open secret code among most of the team owners in the NFL to not bring on Kaepernick no matter the need because he’s not good for business. Ok……..We hear you loud and clear NFL.

As much as this pains me to say this because I’ve been a fan for as long as I remember. I’ve been a Dallas Cowboys fan seemingly from the womb. I’ve had family play in the league and I’ve gotten Direct TV’s Sunday Ticket in the past etc……However, there is a principle at work here and I know there will be those that don’t agree (and that’s ok)…………..If Colin Kaepernick doesn’t get signed to a team for the 2017-2018 season (and maybe beyond) then I’m willing to do my own personal peaceful protest and not watch one game this whole season. Not buy a jersey, go to a game etc……This is a guy that has risked his whole career to give a voice to a people on a national stage that otherwise could care less about our issues in this country. But yet we will still buy jerseys, tickets to the games, purchase Sunday Ticket, watch on cable etc……helping generate the billions of dollars that Rodger Goodell gloats about. We will continue to be treated with disrespect and disdain because they know that there will be no real consequences to their dismissive behavior. The only thing that the spirit of racism/white supremacy respects is the loss of life and the loss of money. I say collectively we boycott if Colin doesn’t get signed. Or is this too inconvenient to our addiction to spectator sports and entertainment? I often say……A slave cares nothing about being free if they are in love with their chains.

 

Bobby Patterson

www.TheVictimNoMore.com

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