Colin Kaepernick went from an up-and-coming hot shot NFL Quarterback to a hated, wannabe NFL star in the span of only a few years. After putting his team, the San Francisco 49ers, though a Superbowl loss, Kaepernick's popularity and ability has since been on the decline. Besides being one of San Fran's top QB's at the time of the team's Super Bowl appearance, Kapernick has taken on a new hobby; protesting. During the National Anthem at the beginning of one of the 49ers preseason games, Kaepernick refused to stand up and show respect. Sure enough, Kaepernick's lack of action flooded the Internet and many people had strong opinions on it, mostly angry. Kaepernick claimed he was trying to protest the horrible things that go on in our country, specifically, racial oppression.
Many people had strong opinions on this. Many felt like his alleged protest during the National Anthem was uncalled for no matter what the cause.
But do they care?
Why does everyone care about Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the National Anthem but not their own governments'?
More often than not, our own American government officials lack respect for this country and refuse to show respect and support for our flag and anthem.
So why aren't they on the news? Why aren't the people angry about that?
Why aren't people angry about this?
We need to take a look at our own government before we point fingers at an NFL player. Yes, NFL is one of the most viewed, popular things in the country, but our government is the one that matters in the end. Maybe Kaepernick's action or lack of action will effect our country in the future, but right now, our own government affects it, our government and governing officials affect it directly. Why aren't we calling out these people?
That is what appalls me the most. There is not outburst when our own government and government officials refuse to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. Why doesn't that make everyone mad? I man, that's our own president, our own government. There is no outburst when your state senator and your president refuses to put their hand over their heart or stand up. This has been going on for longer than Kaepernick's protest, this has been going on since before the 49ers went to the Super Bowl, this has been going on since before Kepernick was a football player, and this has probably been going on since before Kaepernick was even born. That's how deep this goes.
But we have the power to change it. We have the power to vote these officials out. We have the power to shape our country into what we want. We have the power to provide our country with the support it deserves.
If you want to get mad at someone for not standing for our country and not standing for our flag an option, look at the people supposedly above it all, the people supposedly representing it day to day.
So thank you Colin Kaepernick for showing the country that there are so many people who don't care. Thank you for bringing to our attention all the other people who disrespect our country and our flag just like you did.