The title should say “would-be quarterback,” since the chances of returning to the game diminish every time Colin Kaepernick steps into the national spotlight. This time it was his acceptance speech at a ceremony in which Amnesty International designated Kaepernick as their Ambassador of Conscience – whatever the hell that is.
To put this “honor” in its proper perspective, you need to understand that Amnesty International, which bills itself as the defender of human rights across the globe, is one of those hardcore left-wing international groups in which the members hate America even more than they hate human rights violations. They preposterously place America at the same level as such real human rights violators as North Korea, Iran or Syria.
You would think that with all those nations murdering large segments of their populations — denying rights to women, committing genocide and carrying out “honor” killings — they could find some real heroes fighting against real human rights atrocities. But no! The desire to defame America for political reasons is a much stronger compulsion than doing good work.
In pursuit of their anti-American goal, Amnesty International has found their useful idiot in the person of Colin Kaepernick. In return for the global recognition of the radical left, the former San Francisco 49er quarterback is more than willing to trash his homeland in the most severe and dishonest manner.
In his acceptance speech, Kaepernick describes “the land of the free and the home of the brave” in terms that might be better assessed to any number of third world countries. Playing to his audience, he smeared his homeland and slandered its people, saying:
“Racialized oppression and dehumanization is woven into the very fabric of our nation — the effects of which can be seen in the lawful lynching of black and brown people by the police, and the mass incarceration of black and brown lives in the prison industrial complex.”
He went on to say:
“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates, ‘freedom and justice for all, that is so unjust to so many of the people living there?”
Apparently, Kaepernick had not read my earlier commentary, “America Ain’t Racist” (Punching Bag Post, Sept 8, 2017). If he had, he would know that while racism does exist, just as bank robbery exists, it is not characteristic of the American people. If Kaepernick really lived in the type of country he describes, he would never have had the freedom he now abuses.
In proffering his exaggerated and largely mendacious view of America at such an adversarial international forum, Kaepernick betrays his country. He surrenders any credentials he might have had as an activist for social justice. He has become a spokesperson for anti-American propaganda.
Ironically, as an American and a conservative, I fully respect and endorse Kaepernick’s right to express his opinions for whatever reasons. I just reserve my right to call him out for spreading propaganda under the false flag of patriotism. He appears to operate more from love of self than love of country.
Judging from his latest remarks, you can rest assured that Kaepernick is no ambassador of goodwill for the United States. I suspect that this will make it a lot more difficult for him to get back in the game of football. He and the left may acclaim his courage, but I think of it more as stupidity – both of the realities of American culture and the beneficence of his activism.
NFL players are hired for their talent and their box office draw – getting fans to purchase those high-priced tickets. Kaepernick may have talent on the field, but he has more than destroyed his box office appeal. He has made himself toxic to fans. It is more than likely that any team that would sign Kaepernick will suffer a loss of fans across the board – on television and in the stands. That is how Americans will express there right to protest against a corrupted protestor. That is what is great about America.