The message behind the Black Lives Matter movement may be “stop killing black people” but isn’t the main goal to stop trivializing black lives? How do you do that, when you’re using black lives to keep your job?
It would be one thing, If Colin Kaepernick sat during the National Anthem because he was too tired to stand or too stupid to realize he was supposed to. Professional athletes, who are known to have a history of head injuries, aren’t particularly known for their brilliant ideas. Choosing to do something that will piss most of the country off, in order to raise awareness for your already controversial movement, sounds like exactly that. Especially when your job is on the line. Today, the opposite is true and Kaepernick may have saved his by doing so.
As recently as Friday afternoon, Colin Kaepernick was the third-string quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. After sitting through the National Anthem, he was able to change all that. Unlike Dwayne Wade, who explained his “protest” away, Kaepernick decided to turn his fuck up into a grand statement and use it as an opportunity to raise awareness on a controversial issue. Luckily for him, everyone is already aware of the cause, it has to do with race, and his team plays in a very progressive area. Otherwise, he’d be jobless.
While his stance may have been disrespectful to the men and women who give their lives for this country, plenty of people commended him for using his fame and the platform to speak out on an issue he cares about. What almost every single one of these people forgets is this wasn’t all too big of a platform, relatively speaking. Colin Kaepernick is a professional football player, who gets the opportunity to do his job in front of millions of Americans, all across the country, every week. That’s during the regular season, though. Kaepernick pulled this little stunt during preseason, when most football fans aren’t even watching games. It’s also the time when players, who are competing for jobs, get cut and lose their million dollar salaries. If he really cared and wanted to make a statement, he should have waited till he won the starting job as quarterback. Maybe then people would listen to his message.
I know the Black Lives Matter movement is a little exclusive in whose interests they’re looking out for but narrowing it down to a solitary, black, millionaire, football player is a bit much. No? This man is a professional athlete, who HAS to conduct interviews after pre-season games and press conferences during the regular season. How is he not already able to shed light on this issue? Deciding to protest the National Anthem, during a preseason game, serves nobody any good but himself.
Sure, he may have gotten a discussion going but the discussion hasn’t been about the Black Lives Matter movement or how there needs to be a change in law enforcement. It’s been all about him and whether he has the right to do what he did. By sitting and making the statement he did, his employers will now come under fire for being racists if they follow through on what they were probably already planning on doing before this whole mess.
Colin Kaepernick may claim to support Black Lives Matter but what black athlete doesn’t? If he truly cared, he would have waited until he won a starting job with the 49ers or another team to make his protest. And if the 49ers cared about this country and winning football games, they’d cut his sorry ass and offer him a job as a ball boy instead.