Colin Kaepernick began the latest drive to end oppression in America by refusing to rise for the national anthem. He has now been joined by a few others such as Martellus Bennett who raised his fist. I gather someone else just went to his knees during the national anthem. Naturally, these brave examples of fighting for human justice have aroused anger, if not fury,among millions of Americans who believe fervently that the most important action one can take in support of American democracy its rise for the national anthem.
This is another example of a ‘storm in a tea cup” or, as Shakespeare would put it, “much ado about nothing.” The United States of America will not change because Colin did not rise, police brutality will not end because Martellus raised a fist. I wonder what might have happened if Martellus visited each police precinct in Kansas City and talked about police actions that impacted young men and women. I wonder if Colin spent a few days interacting with police in San Francisco if he might have reached into the hearts of some cops and got them to reflect and change. Just wondering.