10 steps forward to take 10 steps back
I refuse to make a big story out of this, so I’m going to get right to the point with this one. Colin Kaepernick doesn’t vote. There I said it, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback that had the African American and minority support of his National Anthem protest probably just lost a good quarter of that support, minimum.
Mr. Kaepernick says he didn't vote in the presidential election and that it didn't really matter to him whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton won because racial oppression would remain intact.
So here’s what he had to say. "I've been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole," said Kaepernick. “To me, it didn't really matter who went in there. The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color." Kaepernick also went on to describe the two candidates as, “the lesser of two evils.”
Where do I begin. First off, this whole presidential candidate and voting rant just trumped (no pun intended) everything you stood…or knelt for. You can’t protest the National Anthem and flag, get antagonized through the media and come out and say first off I have the right to protest and it’s not for the people of color. I mean yes you can, but you can’t fully stand by that reasoning after you choose to not vote. That just doesn’t make sense to me. You’re campaigning for African American rights, and change but not exercising the biggest right that African Americans fought for and now have, which is voting which essentially leads to change.
Here you are a public figure in which I’m sure kids and fans still look up to, give you all this support for finally using your national platform to stand up for a major issue in societies across America, and now you’re encouraging these same followers and supporters to not exercise their right to vote? Let’s be real, we all have that one friend who just chooses not to vote, and every four years you try and get them to register and understand the importance behind voting but still fire back reasons as to why “it won’t make a difference,” to all their friends but truth is that friend doesn’t have the same following as these pro athletes.
Honestly I just think it’s a bad look based off the initial message of wanting change for blacks and minorities. I’m all for athletes standing up, willing to lose their endorsements and fans, but when you put that on the line due to an ignorant point of view, that’s not a good look on how to use your platform or how to be a professional anything.