Multi-millionaire athlete Colin Kaepernick wants everyone to know that under the nation's first black president, African Americans still have a long way to go to make it in the United States.
After launching a campaign to protest the national anthem due to the false assumption that it “celebrates slavery,” the second-string 49ers quarterback became increasingly political in his presence on and off the football field.
Recently, Kaep thought it was an advisable move to show up at a high school football game and coach the underage athletes on showing antipathy for the national anthem and spur on their dissatisfaction towards their home country.
It's only natural that such a character would have feelings—strong feeling, ones that everyone must know about—concerning the U.S. presidential election.
Kaepernick had biting remarks for both candidates following the presidential debate on Monday. As reported by ESPN:
“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said. “Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, ‘You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end it's still evil.'”
In addition to implying that Hillary Clinton was locked in a debate with Donald Trump over who was “less racist,” the disgruntled QB reworked the “Make America Great Again” slogan:
“He always says, 'Make America great again.' Well, America has never been great for people of color and that's something that needs to be addressed. Let's make America great for the first time.”
The comment is reminiscent of Michelle Obama's remark in 2008 that ignited controversy at the time:
“For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change,” she said. “I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment.”
Kaepernick's reworking of the “Make America Great Again” line has precedent from Donald Trump himself, who in July expanded the signature phrase to “Make America Great Again—for everyone.” And although former President Bill Clinton seemed to imply Trump was racist for using the phrase, he himself used it in 1992.
The San Francisco player attracted the attention of Trump for his on-field demonstrations, and the Republican candidate criticized his protest:
“I have followed it, and I think it's personally not a good thing. I think it's a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him — let him try, it's not gonna happen.”
Kaepernick directly took affront to Trump's challenge, saying recently:
“That's a very ignorant statement, that if you don't agree with what's going on here, that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all, that you should leave the country”...
Such led the player to make the remark, “Let's make America great again for the first time.” Although it can be stated that expanding liberty and justice for all is a work in progress, those high ideals established at the founding are what has made America great.
It's with patriotism that we can work together to promote that vision, and we are strong enough as a nation to tolerate dissent—even from Colin Kaepernick.