What’s missing in Kapernick’s stand, uh, sit

What does Rich de Give say about this whole Colin Kaepernick sitting out the national anthem situation?

That we’re missing the ball, like so many of the receivers the 49ers quarterback has attempted to complete passes to of late, when it comes to the real issue.

ICYMI, Kaepernick, the former Nevada and, going way back, Turlock Pittman high quarterback, did not stand for the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before the 49ers’ preseason game last Friday, going on to explain he did it to protest the treatment of the African-American community in the United States.

Well! In this world of hot takes and 140-word sermons, one might think the world is coming to an end.

  • He disrespected the military (which he said he did not intend to do) and all those who died on the battlefield (presumably for all freedoms, not just politically correct ones, or whatever tweaks Fox News at a given moment).
  • He has lots of money, how can he be disrespected (as if financial status is the only key to one’s soul)?
  • He’s doing it for attention. He’s going to get cut anyway (very likely, given his play of late), so why not speak out?
  • He’s trying to impress his girlfriend (who is said to have ties to the Black Lives Matter movement).
  • Throw him out of the NFL, that’ll show him (for expressing his First Amendment rights?)
  • He should just stick to sports (an era that ended for athletes in the 1960s with Muhammad Ali, Tommie Smith and John Carlos).

Yet, lost amid all the finger-pointing and acts of living room lividness unseen since Gabby Douglas was on the podium in Rio two weeks ago, is the issue Kaepernick is trying to address. What is, and what can be done, to improve lives of African-Americans?

These are the things journalists used to look into, instead of defining every issue as red state vs. blue state, or treating every celebrity muscle twitch as breaking news.

If you’re looking for an easy answer here, this isn’t the blog for you.

If you think Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will wave a magic wand and make it all go away in one fell swoop, think again.

It’s a multi pronged issue that calls for several solutions from multiple sources.

It’s going to take the government, yes. And the schools, churches, community groups and businesses.

It’s also going to take a little bit of work from each of us.

That’s what we should be worried about instead of who’s doing what before a football game.


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