Colin Kaepernick & the Nike Ad: How Will You Explain the Hate to Your Kids? by Mike Prochaska
Today I was reading an article about people who are burning their Nike shoes because Colin Kaepernick just signed a deal with Nike. Kaepernick is the football player who started the NFL players taking a knee in protest. The new Nike ad has inspired some people to post videos and photos of them destroying their Nike apparel, something I just don’t understand.
It makes me sad that in 2018 we are still a divided country. I just want to say to someone who is thinking about burning their shoes: How would you explain that hate to your children? When your children play with other kids at the park, they don’t see race or color, they just see another kid who wants to play. Can’t adults just see another adult trying to make life better?
I don’t understand how people can even justify burning their shoes like that in protest to a man who is just, in my eyes, trying to stand up for what he believes in. In America sport stars have so much power and influence to change the world. I wish more sport stars would publicly stand up for their beliefs.
What do you think?