And still doesn't have SHIT to say, except a bunch of fucking nonsense and arguing with those who disagree with him, and thanking those who do:
I am going to stop commenting on this Kapernick issue not because I have at all back-tracked on my position, as a matter of fact I am more resolute than ever, but more over it is fruitless and pointless. So these comments will be my last open forum soliloquy regarding the matter.
I have never said Colin was wrong. I said what he did in my mind was disrespectful. Under the letter of the law, unfortunately, he has a right to protest and protest in whatever manner he deems fit. However, all actions have consequences, both positive or negative. I have no issue with his position or what he is protesting but I do not appreciate the manner and medium in which he has chosen and I hope he never plays another down in the NFL.He is not a hero, he is not courageous and any comparisons to Muhammad Ali or Rosa Parks or anything related to the Civil Rights Era is simply insane.
I may not like the current President. His comments, language, position, stance, values and morals are extremely divisive. I think he disrespects the country and the office of the Presidency. HOWEVER, just because I don't like him, does not mean I would ever disrespect the office. If ever face to face with Donald Trump, he would be addressed as Mr. President, with all dignity, respect and honor afforded to him. He earned the right whether I agree with his political views or not. I am not bitter. Under our constitutional process of voting, he beat my candidate (whether fair or square is debatable) but he is there now and I will respect the title and the office.
This same rule applies to the country and the symbols of this country (flag, national anthem, bald eagle etc). I am not saying that we are perfect. By no stretch of the imagination. There are a lot of things we need to fix but under no circumstance would I ever disrespect, degrade or demean any symbol of this country no matter how unhappy I was or how much I don't like the system. I would leave before I would disrespect it.
I also have a problem with the hypocrisy. I love how guys who make more money in one game check, than most people will make in 3 years will rail against a system and a country that is affording them to be multi-millionaires. Those players that claim they are mistreated as black man or that the system is stacked against them yet they are supported by those same people that buy tickets to watch them play and pay their salaries. You play in the NFL, so please tell me really where is the injustice is in your life? So if you want to impress me and really take a stand. Quit the NFL. It is easy to be on your high horse against the man, when you are making it rain. Come down here with the rest of the proletariat and then see how self-righteous you would be. Rosa Parks had nothing...Colin Kapernick, millions. Not a fair comparison folks. So Colin, go cry a river to in your mansion.
There is nothing wrong with being in the public spotlight and using that platform to shine a light on social injustice. I have no issue with that. The manner in which one chooses to do so is the problem. Donald Trump using the dais to call people SOB's and saying they should be fired to me is as equally disrespectful as Colin and his method. It is not about the issue, it is the manner in which you conduct yourself in protest. No different than these morons that want to protest injustice and then go vandalize and terrorize the neighborhood. Really!!!
As a historian, I realize the data is even stacked against my argument. This country was founded by men that rebelled against a tyrannical ruler and burned the flag and did all kinds of other things far more heinous than that. We call these men heroes and patriots. So I get it folks. I get the argument for Colin and the people that side with him. But I will clearly admit this is an emotional issue for me and nothing will ever sway my position.I have father that served under that flag, went to war under that flag, I went to and graduated military school so for me any outward disrespect to that symbol and others will always raise my hackles and a vituperative tone.
So in closing, if I have gone on your page and railed against your position regarding this, no disrespect was intended. We can respectfully and politely agree to disagree. And I never said you were wrong for your position. Just because I do not agree with it does not mean you are wrong. This is not a right or wrong issue. I am not going to just jump on the bandwagon and support a guy just because he is black if I believe in my core that what he is doing is not right.
We just need to come together as a people and a country and stop all of this nonsense. At the end of the day, it is ridiculous that in 2017 we are still dealing with issues of race, religion, sexual orientation and other things of that ilk. That is the real tragedy and shame of it all. I would still prefer to be here in this country than anywhere else in the world. United We Stand. And as Forrest Gump so eloquently put it, "that's all I got to say about that."
He has a Masters in History. A veteran came in an ripped him, and of course, although he was "done" speaking on the subject, posted a long ass rant about it again. But of course, agreeing to disagree (Historian for "I will argue and when I feel like I'm losing, I'll just shut it down with this lame ass shit).
He is dumb. As I said before, he's biracial, raised all over the world by parents who are from the south. He went to an HBCU. He lives in a "southern" state now. I don't get it - at ALL.