… and you can tell everybody

Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of jokes over the years by the homies and myself for a number of reasons.

  1. In his peak as a quarterback in the NFL, we clowned this dude because we said he  looks like Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants.
  2. He’s always on instagram talking about how the “7torms are coming,” replacing the s with a 7. Dude, no.
  3. His ability to play quarterback has been on the same path like Aubrey Graham’s ability to finally make a quality album. It’s done. Over.

In the midst of the jokes that we’ve had about Kaepernick over the years, I can’t deny that in his absolute peak as a NFL player under Khaki god Jim Harbaugh he was really, really good but polarizing. Some for his ability on the field and his lack of going through progressions which is normal, I guess. Lots of it stemmed from people who couldn’t stand the fact that he wasn’t your “typical” quarterback in the league. People saw this guy as a thug and called him a douchebag because he wouldn’t wear a suit to press conferences, instead going with a sweater and beats by dre because that was comfortable for him. 

I grew up about 60 miles north of Seattle where most of these “12s” didn’t start watching football until 2012. So naturally, every quarterback gets compared to Russell Wilson, a guy who did not even have a likable personality to some until 2016 (I’m being serious). Seeing this back in 2013, the comments and the ridiculous memes over Kaepernick not doing charity work (which was false), him being classless for rocking his hat backwards in a press conference (which is dumb), and him showing off his shoes on instagram (very petty to not like someone), I defended him and actually took a liking to Kaepernick’s game.

So you’re probably wondering why I’m writing about Colin Kaepernick on a Saturday morning. Why am I sitting on a couch writing a blog about a guy who is going to get beat out by Blaine Gabbert?

Last night, Kaepernick made a political stand that even I, a person who takes a lot of risks would not even consider doing. Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem has made folks maaaad online today, although his reason was very accurate. More people are mad about Colin Kaepernick this morning and continue to ignore  that Donald Trump exploited the death of Dwyane Wade’s cousin on twitter earlier to attempt (and fail, I might add) to garner the black vote.

Kaepernick’s reasoning was this:

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.

He said in the article that he “understood” the backlash and that he might lose endorsements, but also added that if he does that means he stood up for something right.

The people who have been calling Kaepernick a scum, douchebag, and a nigger are the ones who have been silent about a lot of the race issues in America because it doesn’t “affect” them.  Kaepernick is not the first athlete to do this. Matter of fact, we sat and celebrated Muhammad Ali’s life 3 months ago and he did the same thing in the mid 60’s.

Kaepernick’s stance is not surprising. If you follow him on twitter, he’s been very vocal about blacks, and the civil liberties of black people. Which begs the question: Are you mad at Colin Kaepernick for sitting down during the national anthem or are you mad at Colin Kaepernick for exposing the truth in America?

People have called for Kaepernick to be cut over this. I hate to break it to people but if Chip Kelly didn’t cut Riley Cooper for the whole “I’ll fight every nigger here” comment he made at a country concert back in 2013, then cutting Kaepernick over this issue would signify to me and everyone else that Chippy Kelly would be a hypocrite.

I laugh at how people have been in his mentions who majority have egg avis, dog avis, or even bald eagle avis calling him a nigger, and telling him that this country has made him famous and given him an opportunity. Sure, America has given him an opportunity to play in the NFL, but his athletic ability and work ethic to be a professional athlete has a lot more to do with that.

I laugh at the people who are telling him, other black athletes and black people to “leave” the country that we’re from because we want to see it better and progressive for everyone. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time this has occurred and it won’t be the last. It actually happened to me this week over the pledge of allegiance.

There’s a thin line from disagreeing and telling people to leave a country that their ancestors were brought over here on a damn ship just to be slaves for 200 years, then not actually have some type of freedom until 50 years ago. Borderline ridiculous, but hey, freedom of speech, right?

People want athletes to speak their minds about the unrest problems in America. Until they make a statement that they don’t agree with. I know. I’m one of those people too. I commend them for doing so, however. At least they’re paying attention to something, and not living in their bubble.

This was not about football. Kaepernick’s career after this year regardless of this issue was probably over.  However, his stance makes me respect him for speaking about an issue he feels strongly about. So many in this country will never move past the fact that minorities are allowed to speak out about social issues. I think it stems from the fact that many expect minorities to not want progression, hence why freedom of speech and expression is only allowed for a person who is running for office in the United States of America.

Kaepernick exposed people in America. We sit and have conversations about “freedom” and how we’re the “greatest” country ever. The beauty of him protesting the national anthem is that in America, we’re free to protest anything and express any type of feeling we have. I promise you. You can love America and yet, be critical of America. It doesn’t make you less American for discussing the issues in this country. He has right to do it considering it’s his constitutional right to do so.

Colin Kaepernick might be an average quarterback, but he’s seeking progression in America. Even if that means sitting down during the national anthem and offending many of you. Just put them beats on and stay true to yourself. The “7torm” you speak about will soon pass.

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