The fallout over NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem continues to rage.
Critics call him unpatriotic, Donald Trump tells him to go find another country, others say that Kaepernick hates America.
I don’t think Kaepernick hates America, I think he hates what’s happening in America.
And, instead of vilifying him for his comments, we should acknowledge his actions as an example of the freedom of speech that Americans are so proud of.
As British writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote, ‘ I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it’.
I don’t agree with Kaepernick’s actions , but I understand the anger and frustration that led to his decision and I respect his right to express his opinion.
Those who lambaste Kaepernick because he’s a wealthy black man talking about oppression are missing the point.
Thousands of poverty stricken blacks have cried out about the same issues and we simply don’t listen.
Are we at the point now where freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want, as long as your opinion is the same as mine ?
Standing for the anthem doesn’t make a country great; treating each other with dignity and respect makes a country great and the uncomfortable truth is, we aren’t there yet !