Sometimes issues arise that I just don’t want to talk about, nor write about, and this is one. The story has grown legs, perhaps even tentacles, plus liberals and conservatives are taking opposing points of view. One thing good about it, though, is that as of this writing, the current president of the United States has not said a word.
I think it’s very disappointing that someone who has lived the American dream, someone who has the potential to be one of this country’s icons, is too stupid to realize that he’s throwing his life away.
Of course, Colin Kaepernick has the free speech right to remain seated during while the national anthem is played before NFL games. But so does everyone else have the right to voice their opinions on Kaepernick’s actions.
As Colin’s employer, the San Francisco 49ers franchise could nip this one in the bud. The head coach and/ or the “higher ups” could have said to Mr. Kaepernick, “Oh yes, you will stand up.” If Colin Kaepernick still refuses to stand up, fines and other disciplinary actions can be taken, including the ultimate disciplinary action, dismissal from the team. Since I haven’t heard of anyone voicing the above, I wonder if I’m the first or the one and only.
My thoughts when I initially learned about Kaepernick’s actions were, how is the United States currently oppressing black people or all people of color, for that matter. Affirmative action programs are still in place which allow blacks to get “bumped up” ahead of whites with respect to employment, promotions, college acceptance, etc. Along that line, Jimmy Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act paved the way for many people to qualify for loans to purchase homes when those same people were not capable of making the house payments. A lot of those folks were black. Furthermore, being able to collect welfare for having a child out of wedlock, a part of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, was directed toward blacks in order to keep them voting Democrat.
Now, a number of us, including myself, feel that the above government programs have actually done more to hurt and denigrate blacks. So, I guess you could agree that the United States of America is oppressing blacks and all people of color. Maybe we should all remain seated when the National Anthem is played.
I don’t think this is what Colin Kaepernick meant when he stated that America was oppressing blacks and other people of color. Since the media and the liberals are going with it, we’ll say that America oppresses blacks and other people of color because of the whites, particularly the conservative white folks who cling to their guns and to their Bibles. Don’t say I’m not flexible!
First of all, I don’t believe that blacks and other people of color are oppressed by the United States of America. The government programs that I highlighted above were put in place to assist blacks in assimilating to the American way of life. (We know those programs have not worked, but try to think like a liberal for a moment, at least.) We also have laws forbidding discrimination in place. I’d say on paper, blacks and other people of color have definite advantages over us typical white folks.
Colin, tell me the ways that America oppresses blacks. The first step in solving a problem is to define the problem, including facts supporting the existence of the problem. So, lay it out there. Simply sitting for the National Anthem is not going to solve what you see as a problem.
While I stand by my statement that the United States of America does not oppress blacks or other people of color, I’m not saying that there is no racism and/or bigotry in individual Americans. That racism/bigotry will never end until Christ returns and sets up his 1000 reign here on earth. Does that mean that we shouldn’t try to do something about it? Of course not! We have to teach our children right from wrong and as Christians, we have to follow Jesus and do unto others as we would have them do unto us. Will we slip up? Absolutely! We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and will continue to do so.
While it has always appeared to me that liberals continue to make a consistent effort to establish “Heaven here on earth,” that will never happen. Thus, in their failures, they will forever continue to blame white people, conservatives, Christians, gun owners, southerners, etc.
Is there hope for any of us? More importantly, is there hope for blacks and other people of color who have been oppressed and continue to be oppressed by liberal policies including those outlined above? Those policies that liberals consider “sacred cows,” and conservatives are not allowed to whisper about, much less take steps to change? Those policies that were sustained during the Obama administration and will be continued should there be a Clinton administration? You think about it and then tell me.