Joining San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick in sitting down for the U.S. national anthem is Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Jeremy Lane.
While I don’t think Lane has made any formal statement about the decision, Kaepernick definitely has, declaring that he’s “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
This is in response to the spate of high-profile shootings of black men by police officers. Kaepernick’s – and quite possibly Lane’s – seated stance is to protest the perception of racist cops, racist support for those cops and an overall racist America.
Presumably, his actions are meant to inspire conversation and ultimately change.
Okay. Fine. Let’s go there. If he wants to talk about race issues here at home, let’s talk about race issues here at home.
Like how about the race of the president who’s presided over this country for almost eight years now, a timespan that has easily covered (we’re talking Obama’s second term, here) all of these high-profile deaths Kaepernick is so upset about, including Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida; Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland; and Sylville Smith in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?
Or how about the typical race of both perps and murder victims in Baltimore, which recently recorded its 200th homicide victim for the year? (Hint: The vast majority of them aren’t white.)
Or how about the typical race of both perps and murder victims in Chicago, which experienced 90 murders in August alone, its deadliest month in 20 years? (Hint: The vast majority of them still weren’t white.)
By the way, that body count included Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of NBA star Dwayne Wade.
Thirty-two years old, she was pushing her baby in a stroller as she went to register her other three children at school. That’s something she’s never going to do again. Because she’s dead. Murdered. The victim of black-on-black violence like so many other victims that Colin Kaepernick and the race-baiting mainstream media refuse to really acknowledge.
So if we truthfully want to talk about race in America, let’s get factual and actually discuss it.
Otherwise, any change we’re looking at is only going to be for the worse.