I don’t really watch or follow sports so this is a bit outside my regular area of interest, but the fact of the matter is you can’t go two feet without seeing or hearing about NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who famously refused to stand during the national anthem at a game recently, stating he couldn’t stand for a country that doesn’t provide justice for people of color. Needless to say, people are up in arms about his statement and his actions (or lack there of). A couple thoughts from a humble documented immigrant:
1. Police brutality seems to be a nationwide problem and race relations in the United States are pretty miserable too; maybe more people should address these issues publicly.
2. It’s appropriate for people in positions of success and leadership to use their platforms to address major social issues. Muhammad Ali did so. Ditto Kanye West speaking out about George Bush.
3. My gut feeling is that this will impact his career positively in the long run. I really hope so. I probably would have never heard of Kaepernick if it wasn’t for this story.
4. If you are offended maybe you should ask yourself what it is about equality that upsets you so much.
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