I would like to start this off by saying thank you to Colin Kaepernick.
He basically wrote my first ever medium article for me last week. For those who don’t know, Colin Kaepernick is a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, a team that has been in the NFL for 50 years now.
What he did last week was use his fame for a good cause, although I do admit I disagree with the way he went about it. He refused to stand up during the playing of the National Anthem, and his reason was that he didn’t want to stand up for a country who oppressed minorities. I’m not black, I’m not a minority, I was born in America, and I love this country. And I agree with Kaepernick.
I love reading and hearing about this, because people are so against him for the wrong reasons. Countless memes have come up of pictures of Kaepernick “being oppressed by whites” and people stating that he doesn’t deal with oppression because he’s an NFL qb and makes 20 million a year.
Kaepernick didn’t say that he was sitting during the anthem because HE was oppressed. He sat because oppression of people of color in America IS A REAL THING. It happens everyday. And it happens to blacks, whites, Hispanics, and every type of people that live in America. No one group in particular is excluded.
People are misconstruing Kaepernick’s words and intentions to make him look like he’s a freedom-hating, anti-patriotic, and disrespectful person. I’ve never met the guy in person, so I don’t know if he has those qualities or not. But I’m seeing the whole picture in his actions.
People in the NFL, NBA, MLB, etc., need to stand up for these issues. Black, white, Hispanic, whatever. There is no single solution to racism. There’s no one person that change it, either. But together we can.
It starts with getting everyone on the same page with one another. There’s so much hatred between races, religions, and cultures, but we need to realize that we are all on Earth together. We are all living freely in this great country together. And we are all going to die on this Earth together, as well.
Why do people live with hatred towards others for their differences? Why do people stand to let others live with that hatred? I want to change the world, but I’m going to need a lot of help.