“Runaway Slave Patrol”, according to unsigned Colin Kaepernick, is the perfect description of today’s police force. I wonder how he describes the NFL draft? You know, when rich white men evaluate mostly black men for their strength and physical ability. Choosing the best based on their performance in the field. Owners branding men immediately with a hat displaying their trademarked logo. Wait a minute….
What do we know for sure?
Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem as a stance against police brutality and the oppression of black people. Many on social media, not to be confused with the actual population within the United States, believe he is now being blackballed for his silent protest. Let us keep in mind this may actually be true. However, it is an owner’s right not to sign anyone they do not want to represent their brand. Ask Terrell Owens and Allen Iverson. So if everyone is exercising their rights, what is the problem? To some, a team exercising their right isn’t right because Kaepernick’s right is for social injustice and that right should precede any other right. I hope I got that right.
Unfortunately, the outrage that Colin Kaepernick is unsigned doesn’t actually align with his stance. For one, the amount of police surrounding the players in order to ensure their safety has got to make Kaepernick uncomfortable. Why would his supporters want him around that many officers? The NFL Association is a union established to protect players, their rights, and image. Why didn’t the union defend Colin’s first amendment right to kneel? Signing a contract is hardly freedom, the NFL has a long history of oppressing players, that was figured out in 1956 when the union was established. Think about it, Kaepernick fans begging for his NFL paycheck basically says he depends on a system which he decided to publically resist. Taking a job in the national league, that honors the National Anthem, goes against his personal views. Might I add, he opted out of his contract, he wasn’t kicked to the curb.
I will say I support his campaign for citizens to be familiar with the law, and understanding their rights. I will also say he and his girlfriend look related, but that is none of my business. At the end of the day, Kaepernick may receive an offer he and his agent can agree to accept. If Manziel gets a shot to coach college ball, anything is possible.