From [HERE] With much to lose, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick left the sideline of safety and talked about the official oppression of African Americans and other non-white people in this system of white supremacy/racism. On Friday he refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem before a pre-season game.
"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 with Steve Wyche [above] 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." [MORE]
Speaking out against the already unlawful use of excessive force by government servants is really not a radical thing to do. Only unconscious idiots with screens over their eyes could be pro-police brutality. However, taking a stand against the systematic oppression of Black people is an adventure for a Black NFL quarterback with a shaky future. Kaepernick spoke about a system that refuses to punish white cops who murder Blacks in broad daylight and rewards them for doing so. The same system may now punish him or act to filter him out - if that in fact is what he meant and what Wyche heard him say. Here, he gambled - or risked the known for the unknown. ["only the gamblers know what life is"] Can you do the same?