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Friday, August 11, 2017

Colin Who?

Blog by request.

Full disclosure, I do not care about professional sports. I had to do more research than usual to find out what this controversy is and why and who and what and so on.

In the words of a bud, "Yet, a whole ‘nother set of Americans are pretty much indifferent. Some of us support his stance (if it is sincere…and who knows). Some of us couldn’t care less….because it doesn’t immediately impact us. Some of us hear/see the word football, and everything after that turns into white noise."

So I will cancel the white noise generator and pretend to care.

Colin Kaepernick is a professional football player. He chose to kneel during the National Anthem in an apparent protest. Not long after his NFL contract ran out (get it, football player? Ran out? Work with me here), he became a persona non gratis. His protest led others to emulate his actions.

Vilified, excoriated, attacked, slandered, libeled and in general rejected by so many people, despite having done nothing to harm them.

Colin also has plenty of supporters. I just wonder if they are supporting him for the right reasons.

I support his right to try to make a living playing football.


Do I support his protest? Ehhhhh.

He said kneeling instead of standing is a protest. He has right to call his action what he wishes. I read where he called it a protest. Much of the planet is calling it a protest.

What did he do? He knelt during the national anthem. According to what I read, Colin is also a Christian. The dood has Psalm 18:39 tatt'ed on his arm. And you thought Tebow (?) was cool for putting verse numbers on his eye patches. Here's a quote from Colin, "God has brought me this far. He has laid out a phenomenal path for me. And I can't do anything but thank Him."



Football players take a knee when a player is injured on the field.

I think people are missing something. He. Knelt. If Colin is the Christian that my readings show him to be, kneeling was not an accident.

To me, that's a pretty awesome display of respect. Those with a religious faith will kneel when they go to their god in prayer. Christians definitely do.

But he said it was a protest, not a show of respect.

If it was respect, I want to believe he was showing that respect to the people who have suffered, those killed, tortured, summarily evicted and etc. But it was not respect. It was a protest. Please tell Aretha Franklin she'll have to wait a few more minutes before singing R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

Kneeling is also a way to show sorrow. To ask forgiveness. To seek redemption. To petition. To go before the Great Maker and plead a case. To seek assistance. To plead a case. You can do all that for yourself, or on behalf of someone else.

He said it was a protest.


So do I support his protest?

His right to stand, kneel, sit, dance, sing another song, hula-hoop, work on a car engine, fry fish and so on (and if he can do all that at once, whoa) during the National Anthem is his right. Period. Ain't none of your business and ain't none of mine. It's his business.

Forcing someone to do anything during the National Anthem is flat wrong. Smacks of slavery or at least a dictatorship.

Dood was doing something to bring attention to a matter that is important to him. He harmed no one.

Good'un onya CK.


The protest apparently cost him his job as a football player.

Up front, I have a LOT of problems with the NFL, all of which are directly related to taxpayer subsidies of this sport. Tax dollars have no business building giant stadiums for professional sports teams or supporting those teams.

If the NFL were truly a private organization, then the team owners should have the right to hire and fire whom they please. Since the NFL is so intertwined with tax dollars, I'm having real problems parsing this one out.


This is about money. Principles get left at the locker room door. NFL players do not belong to themselves. Their contracts set forth standards of behavior. Violate and they get fined or worse.

Don't like the contract terms? Don't sign the contract. However...

On one hand, the team owners should be able to pick players they think will generate wins.

On the other hand, if taxpayer dollars are involved, we need some leveling going on here.

(Excuse me a sec, I need to get Kali).

On the other hand, professional football is brutal, ritualized violence. Most people cannot do it.

On the other hand, if he is good and can deliver the wins, rational thinking says the man should have a contract.

On the other hand, if he is so disliked, having him on the team could cost money from reduced ticket sales.

On the other hand, Hodges' Rule of Thumb says do not expect rational behavior from beings with opposable thumbs.


This comes down to something I said years ago. The first person to attempt to blaze a trail is also the first person to get eaten by bears. If Colin is not eaten, he's certainly badly mauled.

Trails must be cut through the wilderness to get to the other side. If that wilderness needs to be tamed, then some very good people are going to become bear poop before it is whipped into shape.

As I see it, Colin is protesting because the world is not fair. He wants it to be fair. That bothers people.

I'm for being fair. I think we need more people like Colin Kaepernick. Unfortunately, few of us have the financial resources he does to take such a stand.

Colin's protest has nothing to do with how well or how badly he does his job. In a fair world, his protest would be irrelevant to NFL team owners. He would be considered solely on his ability to play the sport of football. The world ain't fair. Very few people want it to be fair. I'll wager most of the readers of these words are not interested in a fair world; I speak from decades of observing humans.


In one very important respect, what Colin is doing is old news. People started standing up for what they believe before recorded history. Our history books are the stories of people who stood up for what they believed in. Colin is only getting attention because he is a celebrity.

People all around the world are doing the exact same thing, but are ignored, except by the people who feel affected. Feel affected. Whether or not they are affected is a different matter.

Some of these people, who are taking a stand, won't live to see the sun set today. This too is old news.

The good ones, in my opinion, are those who fought for the right for you to suffer the consequences of your own actions. (And a lot of people are gonna misinterpret that statement. Just so yer clear, I'm responsible for what I write, not what you think I wrote.)

In that regard, Colin K. falls into the good ones category. He's not trying to impose his will on others. He merely wants to bring attention to past injustice in hopes of preventing the same in the future.

Depending on which side of the belief-under-examination you fall, the stand can be for evil or good. Mao Tse Tung, Iosef Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, John Brown, Paul, Guru Arjan are just a few who either killed or were killed for what they believed. Pick a name. Someone will call that person evil. Someone will call that person a hero.

Many people die for their beliefs. That list is many millions of people long.

Some people killed for their beliefs. A short list of people responsible for killing for a belief structure includes Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher. The full list of people willing to kill for a belief reaches into the millions billions. If you have ever cheered the misfortune of another human being, your name goes on this list.

There is no practical difference between celebrating harm to another and causing harm to another. The difference between creating harm and ending a life is just a matter of how deep the knife goes.

Only a few are willing to take the harm and pain for their beliefs. Colin K is one. More power to him.

As it turns out, I do care ... just not about football. I care about and support the message Colin is trying to spread.

Allow me to rephrase as I close: The full list of people willing to kill for a belief reaches into the billions. If you have ever cheered the misfortune of another human being, your name goes on this list.

Like it or not, that's reality and truth. If the truth hurts, yer living wrong.


  1. A nicely written piece... if someone wants to adopt your mindset. I will agree with one point. I do not condemn C.K. for taking a stance, he has that right. As you say, more power to him. Consider it freedom of speech (expression). I, however, have those same rights. And to diminish my right by questioning how I am living, without any investigation on your part, is seriously flawed. Here's why. Your assumption is that C.K. is genuine in his "protest." There are those who believe his motives are far from noble and have more to do with his rapidly declining production on the field and his market value plummeting like an Armageddon-bound meteor. A study of his actions throughout his college and pro career will reveal C.K. is egotistical and self-centered. Do some more research and you will find plenty of examples to back this up. Now, suddenly, as his spotlight dims and he is no longer the center of attention, C.K. "finds a heart" and decides to take a stand. Considering his reputation, it would take much more than one act to convince anyone who truly followed this person to believe he has actually changed. Along with that, as I see it, to say I am living wrong if I disagree with C.K.'s actions, that I question his sincerity based on facts consistent with his previous actions, actually puts you in the exact same boat as those you are condemning.

    1. You may be correct. As I noted, I did a minimal amount of research into Colin.

  2. When everyone else at the stadium and at home stands and places their hand over their heart during the national anthem I will jump on the beat up Kapernick train. If you really want to get to someone ignore them.


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