Colin was guilty of what the “genteel South” used to (?) call being an uppity n who needed to be shown his place.
In hindsight, a different way to protest might have been better. It got the attention he wanted, but not the backing, because his message was co-opted to be what it was not — an attack on veterans, patriotism, and the nation.
Jingoism “trumps” truth pretty much every time.