Yesterday I focused on the verse in 1 Corinthians that says “love is unhappy with injustice”, and I used Colin Kaepernick’s controversial decision to sit through the singing of the National Anthem as a talking point on this subject.
This is how Kaepernick explained his actions – “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Kaepernick said that he is aware of what he is doing and that he knows it will not sit well with a lot of people, including the 49ers. He said that he did not inform the club or anyone affiliated with the team of his intentions to protest the national anthem….”This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.” Kaepernick said that he has thought about going public with his feelings for a while but that “I felt that I needed to understand the situation better.” He said that he has discussed his feelings with his family and, after months of witnessing some of the civil unrest in the U.S., decided to be more active and involved in rights for black people. Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted and raised by white parents and siblings. (click here for a link to the article)
He went on to say that he had great respect for all our Armed Forces, but he had to speak out against injustice.
People really didn’t like this. They burned his jersey, there is talk that he will be cut from the 49ers. I hate it to, this idea of sitting during the singing of our National Anthem.
But I also hate the way we are still a nation of racial inequality; gender bias exists; intolerance abounds. Somebody has got to something, and this one guy at least tried.
Love hates injustice. It just does. Maybe if we would all find ways to eliminate it, we wouldn’t have to take up our valuable sports news time (this is sarcastic fyi) on matters such as this, and our quarterbacks could be focused on entertaining us with their prowess on the field.