Colin Kaepernick: Kneeling for a Cause?

by pw0311 on October 3, 2016 - 8:18pm

Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quarterback, took the country by storm with his decision to kneel down during the performance of the National Anthem at the beginning of the football game in attempt to protest all of the injustices put forth by police officers and their wrongdoing by supposedly targeting African Americans and using unjustified excessive force. In TIME Magazine’s article by John Mcwhorter, people are being accused of not seeing the larger point because they do not know the real definition of patriotism. Also what was explained was that no matter what, the idea of cops as racist, will never change. Because even if a white police officer shoots a black person, people will immediately jump to the conclusion of it being racist without becoming informed of what actually happened. For example, the Michael Brown case. This case caused outrage among black communities because they immediately called it racist solely based on the fact that a white officer shot a black teenager. When in reality Brown was confronted after he fit the description of a liquor store robbery and when put inside the vehicle, Brown reached for the officer’s gun prompting the other officer to open fire. This is just one of the many cases where officers were being accused of racism for doing their jobs. Kaepernick’s protest is just an example of voicing his own opinion that was blown up by the media to make it a bigger deal than what it is. Though he may be disrespecting the flag, Kaepernick has the right to protest for causes he believes in. I personally do not agree with his protest, however I also do not agree with protests against him such as burning his jersey and so on. He has his own right for peaceful protest that was given and protected by the men and women who fight for the flag which is why most view it as disrespectful and degrading, as it makes them feel unappreciated for all the hard work and bravery that is put forth.


To begin, you did a great job in convincing me to read the article. Your summary and argumentation were complete, yet they did not reveal every point highlighted in the article. I was drawn to your article because of the question asked in your title. Indeed, as I had read many articles about Colin Kaepernick’s gesture before seeing your post, I had already an opinion about it. Your title suggested that you did not agree with his gesture, which is the opposite of my opinion and that is why I was drawn to your post. I wanted to see how someone who disagreed with me would argue his point. I am actually really impressed with your arguments. Indeed, you were able to justify Kaepernick’s decision of kneeling down, even if you were against the idea. Your post was really interesting and straight to the point, which I liked. It is a lot easier to understand an article when the points are clear and simple. Moreover, your reference to Michael Brown was relevant and your explanation of the event was helpful in better understanding why you made that reference. Furthermore, your post can be linked to the concept of individual racism which refers to a form of racial discrimination that stems from conscious, personal prejudices. Indeed, your explanation of what people believed happened in the Michael Brown case directly relates to this definition as people immediately assumed he was killed just because he was African-American. In other words, your post was well written, clear, interesting and it convinced me to read John Mcworther’s article.

I've heard quite a bit about police officers killing unarmed black men, and I have mixed feelings about it, which is probably why I stopped to read this post. I feel like it's a pretty sad reality we live in, if the people we are supposed to look to for protection, are the ones we need to be protected from. The way some of these officers react, especially to our citizens of minority status, really is an example of how people have a preconceived perception of how people are, based on race. These people will either act with fear, or with aggression, at the prospect of armed (or unarmed) black people, and that's really just a sad mindset to be in. On the other hand, I do believe that some of the claims to racism are exaggerated, and perhaps it is just coincidence at times, that a white officer must deal with a black criminal, and we're not getting all the facts. Who can we trust to give us the fact, really? I think the measures being taken to ensure that cops are doing their jobs need to be reevaluated, and things such as body cameras are only a step in the right direction to AT LEAST monitor and moderate police behavior, and give us some facts during an altercation. In any case, I really enjoyed reading this, and you did a supreme job at getting me genuinely interested in reading the article you found. Thank you.

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