Is It Colin Kaepenick’s Revenge?

I didn’t realize how bad the NFL’s concussion problem was until many of its players developed kneeling sickness during the singing of the national anthem. . The kneelers claim they are protesting racism, but kneeling is usually done as a form of submission, not a form of protest. In the NFL, a player who fields a kickoff in the end zone will kneel to show he doesn’t plan to run with the ball. Late in the game the quarterback on the team that is leading will “take a knee” to run out the clock. Kneeling is what a slave may do to show obedience to an owner.

The national anthem, “Star Spangled Banner”, recalls the bravery of the men in one of our nation’s most important battles. In the War of 1812 the men of Ft. McHenry held off the British navy in spite of a fierce naval bombardment. At dawn the flag was still waving. By protesting during the national anthem, the kneelers show contempt for those Americans who died in that battle including an escaped slave who had enlisted as a private in the U.S. army using the name William Williams. The kneelers also show contempt for 360,000 U.S. army soldiers who died fighting in the Civil War which ended slavery. 40,000 of those soldiers were black.

The kneelers alienate many of those fans who have friends and relatives serving in distant combat zones. Many fans have served in combat in the current conflict or lost friends or relatives in the 9/11 attack.

The kneelers have created a rift between players and fans that is costing the league revenue. I wonder if that was Colin Kaepenick’s goal when he persuaded current players to become involved in this silly protest. Did he encourage the protests to get even with NFL teams for not signing him as a free agent?

If NFL players really want to do something about racism they should donate money to civil rights organizations, including political action committees that support civil rights oriented candidates Kneeling on the sidelines and whining like children in a store who want toys is unlikely to accomplish anything.

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