I Am (not) Colin Kaepernick

When he had the opportunity, Colin Kaepernick knelt to bring attention to an important and sad fact about America, namely how our racism results in the impoverishment and the early sudden death of black people, by violent means if not by by disease.

And what can I do about this?  I am not an NFL player.  In fact, I am done with the NFL. I am an older privileged white guy who pays $50 a year to have a website and write a blog, and I support Colin Kaepernick, as I have done before on this site, here and here.

The Nike shoe-burning by American racists/supremacists who want to make sure that black people know “their place” reminded me of the 1966 Southern Baptist bonfires of Beatles items, when John Lennon dared compare the Beatles’ popularity to that of Jesus.  Insult what we believe and we will torch you, was (and is) their poisonous message.

The poison persists and runs down the river, splashing over the rocks, baptising those who willingly stand in that current of hate, mistaking the force of the current for truth.

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5 Responses to I Am (not) Colin Kaepernick

  1. Eric says:

    I’m not Mr. Kaepernick either, although I admire and support his willingness to put himself out there. I’m also not a Nike stockholder, but clearly their management team researched and thought through this campaign thoroughly! Good on them all, I say.

  2. Joanne Wetzl says:

    I’d like to think that the tremendous outpouring of support for Kaepernick and Nike after this brilliant and progressive move is indicative of the future of our species. Yes, there will always be backward-clinging people who can’t grow out of the learned-hatred of their pasts, but more and more people are realizing that there is a better way. This national fiasco with trump is showing even people who voted for him, that when you elect a clown, you get a circus….or even worse, when you elect a tyrant, your democracy is threatened. The stats showing widespread support for trump in the general public are skewered….people are deserting the republican party in record numbers. Why am I talking politics in a Kaepernick blog? Because it was trump and his cronies who turned this into a political issue, instead of the humanitarian issue it truly is. As for me, I kneel next to Kaepernick and am grateful for his courage.

  3. Nancy Jacob Best says:

    Just a thought…

    “If you’re not a liberal at twenty you have no heart. If you’re not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”
    Winston Churchill

  4. Nancy Jacob Best says:

    You’re welcome, Craig! Twenty is a good age… nice choice.

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