I find it odd that people are so up in arms about Colin Kaepernick. It’s as if we forget why this country was founded.
Freedom. Freedom of speech. The freedom to protest against conditions in this country and even its government. But I tell you, the minute a person of color appears even remotely interested in protest, people are angry.
Let’s not call him un-American. He was born here. When’s the last time you heard someone denounce the KKK as un-American? Nobody says that, because they are American, hate and all. America is not just one thought, person, or perspective.
The veteran argument is tired. Our veterans choose to serve. They serve for everybody. When you protect this country, you protect your family, my family, our criminals, our racists, sexists, and bigots. You also protect our protesters, including those that don’t agree with your service. That is the job. I salute you for it, but using your service as a reason to quash someone else’s protest makes no sense.
Once upon a time, white people landed on this continent. They came looking for riches and land and freedom. They got it, even as they took it from everyone else. But then, they created brilliant legislation:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Freedom. Colin Kaepernick did nothing wrong. You just don’t agree with him. That’s your right, just like he has his.