I know a lot of people will think my title goes too far. Let me build my case first and then you decide if it’s going too far.
Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco quarterback who now makes a living suing organizations, has told the world how much he hates America. Many in the United States have simply decided to ignore what he says.
Is this the kind of person who should represent the University of Michigan football team as honorary captain? They couldn’t find anyone with stronger American patriotism? Someone the American people can support? Someone who loves America?
Many in the United States have simply decided to ignore what he says.
In 2016, Colin Kaepernick told Steve Wyche, an NFL reporter, that he kneels during the national anthem because:
I am not going to stand up to show flag pride for a country that oppresses black people and people of color… To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish of me to hijack the look. There’s dead bodies on the street and people getting paid time off and getting away with murder
It’s from a black man who became a multi-millionaire in a country he says “oppresses black people and people of color.” In 2014, he signed a $114 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers. When he was finally fired because of his performance, he sued the NFL for racism.
Aren’t black people “people of color”?
Aren’t white people “people of color” Colin?
If white isn’t a Colin color then what is?
What did Colin think of the country, the police and the prisons in 2020? He sets out his thoughts in an article published in Medium. He now calls for the abolition of the police and prisons, which he considers “unjust systems”.
When it comes to reforming or “reinventing” the police and prisons, in his own eloquent words he declares “F*** Reform”.
He wants the abolition of both the police and the prisons, he declares:
Abolition is a means to create a future in which justice and liberation are fundamental to realizing the full humanity of communities. The practices of abolitionists focus on harm reduction, public health, and individual well-being. Calls for defunding the police and prisons are one way to achieve the goals of investing in people and evading punishment first and, over time, moving towards the complete abolition of the prison state, including policing and policing.
He then states that he has something to replace the police and the prisons and it is:
To be clear, the abolition of these institutions is not the absence of accountability but rather the establishment of processes of transformation and restoration that are not rooted in punitive practices. By abolishing the police and prisons, not only can we eliminate white supremacist institutions, but we can create space for budgets to be reinvested directly into communities to address mental health needs, homelessness and homelessness, access to education and job creation, and community. sound methods of accountability. It’s a future that centers people’s needs, a future that will make us safer, healthier and truly free.
I still think he doesn’t hate America or at least wants people to believe he hates America because it brings him fame and fortune. Here is what he tweeted July 4, 2020:
Black people have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, and should join your commemoration of “independence”, as you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy and look forward to liberation for all
Have black people been “dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized” by Americans? Yes, but for centuries including today, No! Should we forget and move on from the days of slavery and extreme discrimination, no! Should we stop living in the past, teach our children what happened in the past and celebrate where we are today, YES!
This week, Jim Harbaugh and the University of Michigan named Colin Kaepernick honorary captain for the U of M spring football game. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had coached Kaepernick when he was with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2014.
In 2016, Harbaugh said the following:
I recognize his right to do that… But I respect neither the motivation nor the action.
Shortly after making the remarks, he took to Twitter and made the following clarifying statement:
I apologize for misexpressing my true feelings… To clarify, I support Colin’s motivation. It is his method of action that I dispute.
In naming Colin honorary captain, does the University of Michigan believe that:
- America is “a country that oppresses black people and people of color”?
- “There are dead bodies in the street and people who get paid leave and get away with murder”?
- That we should abolish “all police and all prisons”?
- That “black people have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries?”
- That on the 4th of July and every day we should “reject your celebration of white supremacy and look forward to liberation for all”?
I think I explained why I believe Colin Kaepernick hates America or at least wants people to believe he hates America because it brings him fame and fortune.
Do you believe it?
Colin can certainly have his worries about what’s happening in America today, yes. We don’t have to believe his statements when he makes them with zero facts to back them up.
Do you believe that by making Colin an honorary captain of their football team, they are supporting his hatred of America?
If not, would you say the same about someone who supports former President Trump’s policies and welcomes members of his administration to receive such praise from the U of M?
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