The issue for me is that Colin Kaepernick is guilty of fronting. His statement after the initial posture of protest was broad, sweeping, disrespectful, and full of inaccuracies. The meat of his remarks implied that the police had essentially declared open season on black men, and he then mentioned at least two ‘victims’ who were definitively identified as perpetrators who were in control of their own fates.
No one will deny that we have problems. We certainly have a heightened state of emotion, and a level of scrutiny that escalates what could be routine interactions into tragedies. We do not have police who kill with impunity. We do not have innocent black men being gunned down as if in sport. Those are things that Kaepernick either said or strongly suggested. Because they are not true, and because his ignorance of the true injustices that occur is obvious, people were offended by his fraudulent display.
Kaepernick can protest. He can use the playing of the national anthem and his posture as a statement or a reminder of commitment to a cause. However, if he chooses to do that, he has a responsibility to know what he’s talking about. He needs to be able to clearly and accurately articulate the problems he wishes to have addressed, and preferably to offer possible solutions.
Because he his platform is tenous, as is his understanding of the issue, he comes off as a punk who is disrespecting for attention. I call it Designer Activism. It is phony, and cheap, and embarrassing, in my opinion.