I'm Behind Colin Kaepernick (If Only Those Patriots Had Picked a Better Time to Protest!) by Rick St. Peter
I think Colin Kaepernick can protest any damn place he pleases. I think any American can protest any place they damn well please. He knew the consequences, he did lose his job, and that didn't stop him. (Seriously, Kap is unemployed? Have you seen Nathan Peterman play QB? Sure there's no collusion keeping him out of the NFL?)
This idea of "there's a time and a place for a protest" fundamentally misses the point of what protesting is supposed to be about. It's not supposed to be convenient for you. Does his protest make you uncomfortable? Good. It is supposed to. Are you purposefully and willfully refusing to listen when you are told over and over again his protest is not about the troops or veterans? Then that is on you.
Colin Kaepernick chose to take a stand. Like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf before him. Like Muhammad Ali before him. Like Tommy Smith and John Carlos before him. Like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X before him. Like Rosa Parks before him. Like countless others who have stood up, sat down or taken a knee in the face of injustice before him.
In my house, when I talk to my son, he understands Colin Kaepernick is a hero.
Editor's Note: This article was published on September, 10, 2018.
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