Why Colin Kaepernick Matters
I don't follow the NFL. I find professional football to be boring, predictable, and cautious. That's why I love college football, because it is none of the above. Another reason I don't follow the NFL, or hardly any other sport covered by ESPN, is because of the pure lack of sports reporting. I don't know who Colin Kaepernick is except for that he is the 49er's QB and was something of a media darling a few years ago--for what reason I'm not sure. Now apparently it's important to know who he is because he thinks America is basically a racist country. Good for him.
When I go about my daily life I can tell you the one thing I want to know is, 'What do professional athletes think about our country?' More importantly, I need to know what they think so that I know what I should think. Colin has 'raised consciousness' about racism according to the media. I applaud him for this. What we need is more discussion about race. Sure we have Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al and other race entrepreneurs, but what about professional athletes? I read somewhere that Colin was adopted by a 'white' couple. He is a QB in the NFL (I don't know if he starts) and that makes him a member of a very select group of people. It also makes him the victim of a racist, rotten America. We should take note.
Everyday I thank my lucky stars for people like Colin Kaepernick (I don't thank God because I don't want to offend anyone, you know separation of church and state and all). I look forward to watching an NFL game this year for the first time in over 15 years. Colin Kaepernick has renewed my faith in the athlete-scholar and ESPN will never let me go without an adequate amount of Social Justice programming. I need to sign-up for cable again.
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