A lot has been said about Colin Kaepernick and what he was doing / wasn’t doing as our national anthem was playing that day he took a knee.
The rabid racist right wing took the trump administration lead and claimed that Colin was doing it to disrespect our military. To disrespect our glorious flag and Francis Scott’s song we adopted as our national anthem. People have been herded into an angry corral of race-hate and bitterness.
Unfortunately, like so many things coming out of the trump administration and the republican right, these people are being mislead by people who simply want to con people and divide Americans against one another.
In reality, Colin Kaepernick was influenced in his decision to take a knee by his friend — a decorated Green Beret, Nate Boyer.
“Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”
There was no disrespect intended towards anyone. It was a moment of silence meant to draw attention to the systematic racism inherent in the near-genocidal deaths of innocent black men and boys at the hands of white police officers. Murders that not a single one was prosecuted. It was a peaceful, respectful call for a wholesale change in our culture towards peace and a newfound love for fellow man.
The following video is from an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher that explains what the whole thing was and wasn’t about, and why good folk shouldn’t be judgemental and full of hate toward Colin Kaepernick because of this innocent and respectful protest.