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Hookstead’s Hot Take: America Stood Up For Colin Kaepernick, He Should Stand For The Flag

San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick disrespected all of America when he refused to stand for the national anthem.

Kaepernick, who has fallen hard and fast from his days as an elite quarterback, refused to stand for the national anthem against the Green Bay Packers. He was clearly motivated by some sense of a misguided understanding of oppression. (RELATED: Millionaire NFL Quarterback Has Mind-Boggling Reason For Refusal To Stand For National Anthem)

The dual-threat quarterback stated, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

You know where else there were dead American bodies? The beaches of Normandy, the beaches of Japan, the Ardennes Forest, the mountains of Afghanistan, the deserts Iraq and many more places were members of the United States military paid the ultimate sacrifice. Not standing up for the national anthem doesn’t make you a hero. Holding the line during the Battle of the Bulge with limited ammo, no air support, no winter clothing and little food makes you a hero.

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 26: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers in the first half of their preseason football game at Levi’s Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Secondly, America literally provided the environment that allowed Kaepernick to earn millions of dollars. As an American, regardless of race, we all have the opportunity to pursue whatever we want. Kaepernick didn’t make the NFL because he was black. He made the NFL because he was talented enough to play with the best players in the league.

Football stadiums are guarded by small armies of police officers during games. Kaepernick and the 49ers team bus is escorted by a police motorcade ready to use lethal force if necessary to protect the players. Nobody has ever heard him complain about the police protecting him. Their presence defending his life is a clear example of America providing an atmosphere that allows him to succeed.

Finally, Kaepernick accuses police of getting away with murder. However, he didn’t provide a single example. Mike Brown was killed in Ferguson because he attacked a police officer. That’s not murder. Sylville Smith was shot and killed in Milwaukee because he drew a gun on a police officer, and there’s video evidence to prove it.

South Carolina police officer Michael Slager shot a black man in the back then was promptly arrested and charged with murder.

Perhaps Kaepernick should be a little more thankful for the men and women in uniform defending and protecting his life. Or perhaps he should provide examples of the “people getting paid leave and getting away with murder” before he continues to make a fool out of himself.

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