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Was Multi-Millionaire Biracial Football Player Kaepernick “Oppressed” by the American Flag?

Written by Gary Fouse

This week, San Francisco 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick made it a point to remain seated during the pre-game playing of the National Anthem. Afterward, he said that he would not stand to honor a country that has so badly treated black people and other people of color. (I am paraphrasing.)

Kaepernick, like our president, is bi-racial (white/black) and was raised by his adoptive parents, who are white. He has obviously bought into the Black Lives Matter narrative about black men being shot down in the street like dogs by white police (who enjoy “paid leave”).

Just as I recently wrote when a Muslim American Olympian girl criticized her country for being “Islamophobic,” I find it hard to compare Kaepernick to previous athletes like Mohammad Ali, John Carlos and Tommie Smith, who made their statements in an earlier era, when racial reforms were badly needed in America (1960s). Kaepernick was not even born during that era. He is fortunate to have been born (1987) in an America that had already confronted its past, legislated equal rights, and twice elected a biracial man to be our president.

Not that everything in black America is perfect. There are many in our inner cities who have not reaped the benefits of the Civil Rights era. Black neighborhoods are still plagued by drugs, crime, gangs, murders and single-parent households. Black-on-black murders are sky-rocketing, but Black Lives Matters is only concerned when a black man is shot by a white cop. Most of those shootings – with rare exceptions, actually – are found to be justified. We have a justice system both at the state and federal level to deal with those which are not.

In addition, it stands to reason that cops patrolling black precincts will come into contact disproportionately with black offenders. Given the dangerous nature of neighborhoods in cities like (South) Chicago, Detroit, (South Central) Los Angeles, Oakland, Baltimore etc. gun incidents should not be surprising. Yet, recent studies have shown that more whites have been shot by cops than blacks in recent years. With rare exceptions, cops are getting a bad rap. Add that to the dramatic spike in cops being assassinated, and Kaepernick’s comments become even more absurd.

Kaepernick, of course, has the right to express his views about his country, just as I have the right to react. What this will portend in terms of his acceptance by fans around the NFL we will have to wait and see. I doubt it will be very positive. I doubt very much, in addition, that he will play his way out of the controversy. After all, he isn’t all that good to begin with.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Gary Fouse

Born 1945 in Los Angeles. Currently employed since 1998 as adjunct teacher at University of California at Irvine Ext. teaching English as a second language.
Education: BS in Police Science and Administration California State University at Los Angeles (1970)
Master of Education at University of Virginia (1993)
Served three years in US Army Military Police Corps at Erlangen, Germany 1966-68.
1970-1973- Criminal Investigator with US Customs
1973-1995 Criminal Investigator with Drug Enforcement Administration. Stationed in Los Angeles, Bangkok, Milan, Italy, Pittsburgh and Office of Training, FBI Academy, Quantico, Va until retirement.
Author of Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town-University Press of America 2005
The Story of Papiamentu-A Study in Slavery and Language, University Press of America, 2002
The Languages of the Former Soviet Republics-Their History and Development, University Press of America, 2000
http://garyfouse.blogspot.com

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