I haven’t said much about Colin Kaepernick and the flag, mainly because I don’t want to defend a lightskinned 49er, but I applaud this dude. Granted, he’s at the end of his career, but he’s saying some important shit. And even better he’s doing the same thing Trump is doing: helping to shine a spotlight on the racists, bigots, idiots, and hypocrites.
The American flag is just an object. That’s it. It’s a symbol “of freedom”, except that it isn’t and never has been. When the first US flag was adopted in 1777 there was a single thing about this country that spoke to freedom. It was a nascent country that was hell bent on getting rich on the backs of oppressed people. A system based on pure capitalism isn’t about freedom, it’s about money. Plain and simple. In 1777 exactly one US territory had abolished slavery: Vermont. Native Americans were being slaughtered by the thousands and women were just accessories,
In 1960, when the current flag was adopted, minorities’ right were complete shit. Blacks were being systematically hunted and killed. Oppression of anyone that wasn’t a white cis-gendered male was status quo. Blacks couldn’t eat, live or recreate with whites and we were still 7 years away from Blacks and whites legally being able to marry in all 50 states.
Let that sink in.
You could be jailed and beaten for the act of love. The same people who are angry that Colin didn’t stand up and/or genuflect when the national anthem came can’t fathom a nation where his parents would have been arrested for holding hands in public.
And apparently they close their eyes to the fact that police are out of control in this country. Kaepernick isn’t saying “America is horrible and all white people are bad.” But he is saying police should be held accountable for their actions. Kaepernick saying that “there are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” isn’t saying that all police are bad, or that the flag is horrible, or that white America is evil. He’s simply saying that things can be better.
These are things that we should be talking about. These are conversations that may make a lot of Amerikkkans uncomfortable. But that’s the only way we can progress.
Like I said at the beginning of this post, I’m glad that Kaepernick is spurring conversation. Particularly, I’m happy that the idiots have begun to out themselves. Just today Shaq came out to speak against Kaepernick, while trying to say he’s not speaking against him.
Shaq was on “Fox & Friends” and was asked his opinion on the topic. The man who once called himself “The Big Aristotle” fell completely flat in his answer and his logic. “I mean to each his own, something I wouldn’t do,” O’Neal said on the show. ”I don’t really have a say on it but I would never do that. My father was a military man and he protected this country – uncles are in law enforcement, they go out and work hard every day. Just, you know, there are other ways to get your point across.”
Oh, Shaquille. You poor deluded soul.
All I can say is that lazy thinkers think lazy thoughts.