It’s hotly debated: should Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest be allowed? I’ll answer in two words, “Yes!” and “No!”
As a lawyer, I know we have a right to free speech in America guaranteed to us by our Constitution, and of course the way the legislatures and courts interpret it, which can vary from time to time. So yes, legally speaking, he has a right to say he opposes this nation, and I understand he does so often on Facebook and Twitter, although I don’t read his stuff.
Kaepernick’s national anthem opposition is his personal right.
IS KAEPERNICK SELFISHLY MOTIVATED?
I’d have to say Colin Kaepernick National Anthem is selfishly motivated in not standing for the national anthem. I think he’s looking for political and social recognition which is narcissistic in character. This nation does favor him by allowing him to earn about $18 million for working a partial year. Some analysts detail that it is more than this with bonuses. That’s a little bit more than I earn as a free, white, male, equal American.
So his motivation seems to be to gain recognition and notoriety, even outside of the lavish recognition he gets as a dominant sports figure.
AMERICA’S PROBLEM WITH EQUALITY
American’s had problems with treating everyone equally, and people have rightly stood up against such a wrong attitude. Kaepernick’s national anthem opposition is not a ‘stand alone.’
Our founding documents say all men are created equal, but we have had problems with equality for 3 major groups of people:
(1) Native American Indian equality in the west,
(2) Black equality in the south in the 1800’s,
(3) Women’s equality with men, and their right to vote.
Native Americans are no longer restricted in most ways, but they are still second-class citizens in some ways. The same applies to blacks, and women. All of us are not equal.
These things are not right, and if this nation is wrong in things it does, we have a right to stand up against those things.
This is Constitutional free speech. Kaepernick’s national anthem opposition is the free speech right he has a right to exercise.
BUT AT AN NFL FOOTBALL GAME?
Colin Kaepernick knew when he accepted employment that part of the ceremony was to wear a uniform, wear a helmet, and stand for the national anthem. It is a tradition in the NFL to show allegiance for the flag of the nation they play under. Knowing this, Kaepernick’s national anthem opposition is not only disrespecting this nation, but also his team, not to mention most of his countrymen and countrywomen.
It’s not a matter of what he says or does, but how and when he does it.
If he claims citizenship in this country, he should show respect for it, not disrespect. If he doesn’t, he should politely leave. I’m sure he could afford to live anywhere in the world. This country is not all good, with no bad. In fact, I think we are consistently moving downhill to some degree.
We are still a great nations in the world, but we have a lot of subtractions to what we used to be. In football terms, we are losing yardage.
National disrespect is reported to be growing in young people, as well as disrespect for any type of authority, demands, religion, and many other things. His actions help this cause along. He is a poor role model.
Plus, his disrespect doesn’t show he has knowledge we’ve had a black President of the United States the past eight years, and a black first lady. Plus a number of blacks occupy high level posts. We will always have people who choose to ridicule. Colin Kaepernick is just part of the pack.
I don’t object to his Constitutional right to protest,
just the means and the platform by which
he is choosing to do so.
His team should impose sanctions against him,
and not sympathize with him.
Teams should exist in unity and oneness.
Kaepernick is breaking trust in that unity
that he at least owes his team.