I originally posted the following information and commentary upon my Facebook wall…
By Sitting Down Kaepernick Challenges Americans to Reflect on What They Really Stand For:
“Ultimately it’s to bring awareness and make people realize what’s really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that are unjust, people aren’t being held accountable for, and that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that — this country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now.”
His actions have resonated far beyond the sports page. They have spurred passionate reactions from supporters and detractors alike. No less than Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump proclaimed “Maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.”
My Commentary: I’ve been sitting during the “pledge of allegiance” and “national anthem” since I was nine or ten years old. I remember asking my mother whether I *had* to engage in these particular rituals while at school, or if I could just sit, silently, instead.
Even at that age, I knew better than to give my loyalty or respect to a nation built on the blood and bones of genocide and slavery…