Colin NFL Trump

middle-age American living in New Jersey near the Lincoln Tunnel «« Colin Kaepernick in a personal protest will not stand for the National Anthem. Athletes using the stage they’ve partially earned for political statements is not new. Looking back at 1968 one cannot easily fault Tommie Smith and John Carlos for the Black Power salute on the Olympic podium in Mexico City. It was an election year and MLK and RFK were both murdered, so as an American I am glad to have the provocative image credited to the Olympics and the two medalist as one more important image to mark a turbulent year. Tommie and John paid dearly for their statement, and each of them probably knew in advance there would be consequences. Colin has refused to stand for the National Anthem twice at the time of this text with news reporting it’s unresolved and Colin will repeat his protest next gameday. I categorized ONE: villain TWO: not a villain THREE: incompetent. Colin is not a villain. He like Tommie and John knew in advance he’d face consequences. Trump and the other sensationalist who say things like, “find a new country” are villains. They are trying to turn Colin’s statement into their own, and they’re wrong. Colin may need a new career, but he’s violated no laws, and is welcome to stay in the USA. The NFL is incompetent. The field is their stage and it is the right of the NFL to require its players to wear uniforms and act uniformly during the Nation’s anthem. One way-easy resolution is to let Coin make his statement by being invisible for the anthem. There are probably countless players who were backstage and missed the Anthem, but nobody noticed. Por supuesto, Colin’s absence would be notice, but at least his limits could be respected without detracting from a country celebrating itself. »» about me 302-990-2346 contact us

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