BY WALTER CANADY III
For those of you who may not remember, Colin Kaepernick began a protest in response to the injustices occurring in the black and brown communities by making the decision to not stand during the national anthem.
His explanation behind the protest was,”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.”
This social-political disposition that Colin had taken caused a major disease for the American citizens that perceived themselves as patriotic. These people would argue the protest as disrespectful in regards to the soldiers that fought, and for some died in the name of that flag and this country. It is unspoken on whether Kaepernick wanted his NFL peers to follow in step but they never did in fear of finding themselves jobless in the near future. This not unrealistic fear did come true as Kaepernick finds himself without a contract with any NFL team this year.
Panthers Quarterback, Cam Newton argues against the issue that it is apparent that Colin is at a higher par than some of these other Quarterbacks with contracts. Newton also wanted to point out that even though Kaepernick is not playing, his name is still circulating heavily throughout more than just sports media.
Even more as of recently he has been in the media, as many more players decided to take knee during this past weekend due to comments made by the President, Donald Trump. Saying that all these players that participate in these acts should be fired, also Trump went too far by calling them out using profanity.
My first problem with this is, as the POTUS, he has the most powerful job in the country. With great power, comes great responsibility. Acts like this don’t display Trump’s comprehension of how responsible he has to be with his words. It is embarrassing to see a man, who is supposed to be the voice of our country, not know how to control his words. I once was told, a man that has to use profanity doesn’t have the vocabulary or knowledge to explain how he really feels.
With that being said, I think that this is just another case that shows that our President may not have the maturity for the position that he holds. A man in this position, has to be a thinker. One who doesn’t let his emotion fuel foolishness, or his pride provoke him more than his knowledge. A 71-year-old man, that holds the power that he does, should not have time to make foolish tweets and other witless acts. A 71-year-old man on twitter is unusual anyways, you ever thought about that? Being a president is a full time job, where does this man find the time to make tweets about the North Korean leader?
Particularly lately, when we have real problems in our country like, Houston, and Florida, and Puerto Rico. We have these type of real life problems, and our President is talking about an NFL peaceful protest!? Hopefully our President can manage his priorities a little more, some things don’t deserve energy at certain times. Like they say, there is a time and place for everything, and right now especially, we don’t need to hear what our President thinks should happen to these NFL players.
According to Detroit free press, the flint water crisis is going to remain an issue through the 2018 governor’s election. So Flint, Michigan is still without clean water, but our President is talking about a kneel during the national anthem? My advice for our President would be to invest his energy into something more important, simply put.