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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Could you argue the pig socks were a mistake? I suppose so. Protest movements don't spring fully formed, they evolve as they go. It's been in the neighborhood of 2 years. I would urge you to watch the HBO film BOYCOTT about MLK, Ralph Abernathy, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It is not an insult to say they had no idea what they were doing. They were making it up as they went along. Bayard Rustin tried to give them direction but ultimately they followed their consciences and we are a better nation for it. It did not happen overnight, however. Kaepernick's movement is in its infancy. It will be extremely interesting to see where it goes.
I just personally think it's highly inappropriate, and no he wasn't let go because of this, he became a TERRIBLE qb during he last few years at the 49ers. He absolutely should have been released just for his merits as a football player. I just agree with Stacey that he could have chosen a more appropriate and effective way to help deal with the problem.
Nathan Peterman's career stats: 29-67, 276 yards, 2 TDs, 7 Ints. QB rating 25.7.
So again, I am going to disagree.