This is why Colin Kaepernick took a knee – The Washington Post

For what are probably obvious reasons, this has been a major subject in this mixed-race household. If I were a lot younger and sturdier, I think I might be out there too. This has gone on for as long as the U.S. has been a nation. It started with slavery, continued with Jim Crow, and apparently will never end. And EVERYBODY knows it.

There’s apparently no middle road on this, not politically or in sports. I supported Kaepernick’s position and could not understand why everybody didn’t support him.

We live in a racist country with a president who apparently hates his own people. Violence is what he wants and violence is what he gets. When he first came into office, I thought he was “merely” trying to tear down whatever Obama had accomplished. Now, I think, he is trying to tear down what our founding fathers created. He will, if he can, destroy our system of justice, laws, and balance of powers. He will turn this country into the biggest, richest banana republic on Earth.

Is this what the GOP calls “making American great again?” It seems entirely the opposite to me.  This is grinding America into the dirt, destroying all the things that made anyone want to be part of our nation. Shame on the country for electing this murderous, bloated bigot to a position of power. Shame on the rest of us for not getting him out-of-office and replacing him with someone — at the very least — sane and literate.

The NFL ostracized the quarterback for his protests against police brutality. It’s more clear than ever what a terrible decision that was.

Source: This is why Colin Kaepernick took a knee – The Washington Post

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6 replies

  1. So sad. So tragically sad. And meanwhile our President heads for his bunker.


  2. I remembered when CK did his thing and took a knee in protest, I thought it was the most brilliant idea and I couldn’t help smiling. At first, I didn’t know what was going on except what other people (mostly whites) were saying. I don’t watch football anymore, don’t really care about pro sports. But when I heard what it really was about, I found it brilliant, because whites didn’t know how to handle it.

    From what I’ve seen, usually things like killings of blacks or other injustices reach a boiling point and then rioting or protests that get out of hand occur. The media reports on the destruction but not the reasons why it happens in the first place. CK did it right–he did a silent, kneeling protest. If he’d flipped the bird and yelled at people or defaced property while protesting, he would’ve been fired out of hand from the NFL and dismissed by racists and the media for being one of “those destructive black folks.” But nope, he was silent, and even though he’s not in the NFL now, people still talk about it for a reason. He hit them where it hurt, and had the moral high ground.

    I know people spitting mad about CK and what he did. I learned pretty quickly that the ones STILL seething about it look at the flag as a sacred symbol and don’t seem to think much about what rights the flag represents. Those priorities are messed up. I have family coming in summer, and i have a feeling this is gonna be a bone of contention. But this violence has been going on so long I no longer give a damn if my opinions are offensive to family, especially in my own house.

    We need major changes. We can’t continue like this as a nation. It’s suicide.


    • I agree they shouldn’t burn down their own parts of town. They should definitely go to expensive white areas and burn THEM down, but of course all of a sudden, they’d be facing an army.

      Isn’t it funny how everyone says how sad they burn down their OWN part of town as if obviously, they would never consider burning a better area. And they are right. Of course, they wouldn’t go anywhere near those fancier areas. They’d be slaughtered. It wouldn’t be rubber bullets. It would be the real deal. Blood, gore, and bodies everywhere.

      That’s part of the problem. As long as they make trouble for themselves, it’s sad, but tolerable. If suddenly, white neighborhoods were under threat, it would be a very different tale.

      I think they have been pushed — along with their sympathizers — to desperation. What happened was terribly wrong and the men who did this and many more who have never even gotten a slap on the wrist for doing the same thing — and there have been a lot of them — deserve the full legal punishment the courts can manage. Whether or not we’ll see that? Who knows. Pity about the looting because it doesn’t improve anything. Nothing seems to work. Nothing gets anyone’s attention. They are poor, they are struggling. Their hopes and dreams have been turned to rubble and they have the feeling that no one cares.

      People care. Just not enough people nor are those who care people with the power to make change happen. There’s some tragedy in what has happened, but the real tragedy is that nothing has changed.

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