No matter how hard we try, we cannot get away from the Colin Kaepernick controversy.
A quick recap. Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers ignited a firestorm last Friday by refusing to stand during the national anthem when it was played before a preseason 49ers game against the Green Bay Packers.
“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 explained to NFL Media in an interview published Saturday.
“I think the two presidential candidates that we currently have also represent the issues that we have in this country right now,” Kaepernick said Sunday, according to CBS Sports.
“You have Hillary [Clinton], who has called black teens or black kids super predators. You have Donald Trump, who is openly racist.”
Donald Trump fired back at football star on Monday, stating in a radio interview that Kaepernick should find a new country if he isn’t happy with the United States. (Why is that always the conservative go to? Do like it…move!)
Trump said, “I think it’s — personally — not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.”
On Monday, the White House also weighed in on the controversy. During a regular media briefing, President Obama’s top spokesman, Josh Earnest, called Kaepernick’s stance “objectionable,” but Earnest also defended Kaepernick’s right to protest.
THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND TO A CONTROVERSY.
Earnest said, “In general, what I can say is that I certainly don’t share the views that Mr. Kaepernick expressed after the game in explaining his reasoning for his actions. But we surely all acknowledge and even defend his right to express those views in the settings that he chooses. Even as objectionable as we find his perspective, he certainly is entitled to express them.”
Facebook is riddled with people criticizing Kaepernick, saying, “My father died for that flag!”. But the truth is, our military died for the FREEDOM to do whatever they want to do with that flag. That is what America is about…freedom. Including freedom to be an asshole.