SportsThe Colin Kaepernick Responses, Ranked From Very Bad to Less Bad
Here we go.
San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick ruffled a whole lot of feathers recently when he refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a mopey, octave-and-a-half jam about fireworks, ramparts, and, in the original extended cut, slavery. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Very quickly, opinions began sprouting all across our great nation, as if a Hot Take Johnny Appleseed had skipped from sea to shining sea with a wicker basket full of steaming garbage. Some responses were nuanced—smart, even! But most were very, very bad. Here they are, ranked from worst to, well… you'll see.
A TAKE SO HOT IT WILL CAUSE TEMPORARY BLINDNESS
Rodney Harrison: "I tell you this, I'm a black man. And Colin Kaepernick—he's not black. He can not understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on a every single (day) basis.”
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Donald Trump: “[Kaepernick] should find a country that works better for him.”
“Hey @Kaepernick7 so many probs to solve in this ever evolving demo experiment and ur gonna help by disrespecting the flag #GrowUpYoungMan”
THE ALL LIVES MATTER CONTINGENCY
Jerry Rice: “All lives matter. So much going on in this world today.Can we all just get along! Colin,I respect your stance but don't disrespect the Flag.”
San Francisco Police Officers Union:
“Perhaps he could lend his commentary to the over 8,000 murders that African Americans inflicted on one another in 2015.”
YOUR UNCLE'S FACEBOOK STATUS
"I acknowledge his right to do it. But I don't respect the motivation or the action."
Drew Brees: "I disagree. I wholeheartedly disagree. Not that he wants to speak out about a very important issue. No, he can speak out about a very important issue. But there's plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn't involve being disrespectful to the American flag.
The White House:
“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.”
Kaepernick’s birth mother:
“@Kaepernick7 There's ways to make change w/o disrespecting & bringing shame to the very country & family who afforded you so many blessings.”
“I understand 100 percent what he’s doing. He’s frustrated, just like me. He’s just like my brother. He’s just like my cousins out there. He’s frustrated. It’s hard seeing people get murdered and killed without repercussions.”
Jim Brown: "I listened to him and he makes all the sense in the world. He's within his rights and he's telling the truth as he sees it. I am with him 100 percent… Now if you ask me 'Would I do that?' No I won't, because I see it a little differently. I'm an American citizen, I pay my taxes, I want my equal rights but this is my country, and consequently I don't want to open up for ISIS or anybody that will take away what we've already gained."
John Legend: “For those defending the current anthem, do you really truly love that song? I don't and I'm very good at singing it. Like, one of the best”