What to Make of Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick answers question during an NFL football press conference on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick received a new six-year contract extension Wednesday that keeps him with the franchise through the 2020 season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

If you have been paying attention to the news over the past week or so, you are probably familiar with the story about Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the National Anthem for all 49ers games this season. Kaepernick made a statement regarding his boycott saying: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people”. Kaepernick has received both praise and criticism for his actions and has stirred quite a conversation amongst many Americans.

Cleetus’ Take:

Personally, I think that the cause for which he is fighting for is a noble one and I am glad that he is utilizing his celebrity status to take an initiative for an important cause. We all have beliefs on matters that effect this country, however unfortunately not many of us can really make a difference in our society due to our lack of popularity. It took a celebrity like Magic Johnson to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS and he certainly has made a huge difference in regards to bringing awareness and funding to combat a critical disease that did not get a whole lot of attention before he went public about his HIV diagnosis. I usually appreciate when celebrities like him use their voice to make a positive impact that reaches a very broad audience that can really make a significant impact in our society, that the majority of us just can not come close to making.

However, I find Kaepernick’s efforts in refusing to stand during the National Anthem to be futile. This is not going to make much of a difference in our society’s attempts to end the oppression of African-Americans. If he really wants to make a difference regarding this particular issue, then he should put some of his millions of dollars to use to stop the violence that is taking place in cities like Chicago. All he is really doing is sitting on a bench while the rest of his team and virtually the rest of the fans in the stadium pay tribute to our country’s flag. Not to mention, he’s just singling himself out and making himself a distraction to the rest of his team (by the way, he’s a backup quarterback!).

Now, I hear a lot about people saying that he has every right to make this protest in the manner in which he is doing it. But, to me there is a difference between the right to do something and doing something right. The Ku Klux Klan has the right to protest in the manner in which they do, however does anybody honestly support their message? Personally, I think Kaepernick is just doing this for attention. I really don’t think he is trying to become some sort of a civil rights activist attempting to actively make a difference. I don’t think he knows what the hell he is talking about either! I mean just the other day he wore a t-shirt with Fidel Castro on it during a press conference. Castro was all about the oppression of people! It just completely contradicts what statement he’s attempting to make by refusing to stand during the National Anthem!

So, what the hell is Kaepernick doing? Just proves my point, I believe. Its an attention-grabbing effort on his behalf. I should mention, he also wore socks with pigs in police officer uniforms in practice earlier this week, too *rolls eyes*.

Bottom Line:

Look, I don’t know what the hell the guy is doing, but I just think that this is all an attempt to stay relevant in the spotlight for a guy who’s career has really plummeted since taking his team to consecutive conference championship games. I think he misses that spotlight and is attempting to get it back in anyway possible (aside from gaining his starting quarterback job again).