Special Opinion by Paul Plante
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
That was pampered and privileged and ignorant as a tree stump despite his college education at University of Nevada, Reno, San Francisco 49’s quarterback Colin Kapernick speaking in an interview after he refused to stand for the National Anthem before a preseason game in late August 2016, and so far as I can tell, that is where these NFL “protests” we are witnessing today began.
Said the ignorant Kapernick back then, “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” adding that he would continue to sit during the National Anthem until seeing “significant change” for minorities.
“Significant change for minorities?”
Such as what, exactly?
Is he going to continue to sit until we finally have a black president in this country?
But wait, I thought Barack Obama who was president in 2016 was black, so what am I missing there, pray tell?
Or how about black Supreme Court justices or Latina Supreme Court justices?
Is he going to sit until we have some of them?
But my goodness, we already do, so what “significant change” for minorities is he looking for?
And people, since he is ignorant and inarticulate, despite his so-called college education on a football scholarship, he can’t tell us.
And where is it that he experienced this “oppression” in a country that he says oppresses people of color like him?
Go to Biography.com ( https://www.biography.com/people/colin-kaepernick-21132801 ) like I did to check my facts and you will see that Kapernick, who is so stupid he thinks the United States of America, which just had a black president, oppresses black people and people of color, and you will see that Kapernick lived a life of privilege from the time he was young, compared to people like me born into poverty he never knew at the end of WWII.
So what does he have to whine about then, besides absolutely nothing!
You would think the dude would be thankful for all that has been handed to him, but obviously not, for which I, a common American who worked to get out of poverty, have absolutely no respect for him whatsoever, and I certainly am not going to “celebrate” him as the self-professed liberals in this country want us to do.
But let us go back to his statement for a moment and parse it word for word: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Is that what we do when we stand for the Star Spangled Banner – show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color?
Or are we standing to show our respect for our unique heritage as a nation where people of all colors and ethnicities and creeds and beliefs can be free to be all that they are capable of being?
As one of this nation’s many disabled veterans, I say it is the latter, and I base that on many things, starting with my education as an American citizen in this nation after WWII, when the flag Colin Kapernick won’t show pride in, because he is too stupid to know the difference, had just defeated the forces of fascism which had engulfed Europe and the Japanese imperialism which had enslaved the nations of the Pacific region.
“I pledge allegiance to the FLAG of the United States of America and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands.”
“My country, tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.”
It is that “sweet land of liberty” that put Barack Hussein Obama in the White House, and it is that same “sweet land of liberty” that gave Colin Kapernick the privileged life he led, without having to do anything for the nation in return except insult all of the American people of all colors and ethnicities who made it possible for him to be the high-paid, dog-stupid, disrespectful lout that he is.
In the Soldier’s Handbook that I and every other American entering the United States Army in 1968 were issued, at page 2, it states as follows:
As you look around you will not find a “typical American soldier” in height, weight, color of eyes and hair, family origin, education, wealth, intelligence or similar characteristics.
The soldiers you have met and will meet are from all walks of life and all parts of our country.
But all of you have two things in common.
First, you are all serving the United States of America and believe in the principles that make it a free country.
This not only gives you a common bond with your fellow soldiers but also guarantees you the same chances as the next man to get ahead.
And such it was – be all that you can be, regardless of skin color.
Look in the “yearbook” for my group, of basic trainees, and you will see in there many black drill sergeants, and later in Viet Nam, my battalion commander, a lieutenant colonel, was a black man, as was my first sergeant.
And that was in 1968 and 1969.
So where is this “country that oppresses black people and people of color” that the stupid and ignorant and uneducated despite his college degree Colin Kapernick was whining and mewling about in 2016, when he refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner?
My answer as an American citizen is “not here.”