Am I the only one?
Am I the only one who doesn't care if some athlete stands for the national anthem or not? We've had an exhausting amount of media coverage for this, and all I can think is how petty and stupid we are for devoting our time an energy to debating something like this.
His critics need to remember that it's a free country. You can stand for the national anthem or not. And if you start telling people that standing for the anthem is mandatory, then you're kind of ruining the freedom you claim we're standing for in the first place. American soldiers fought and died for our freedoms, and as far as I'm concerned, choosing to stand or not at a ball game is one of those freedoms.
His supporters are not right either. Exactly what does he expect to accomplish by not standing during the anthem? I've never heard him explain any plan or demands or anything he wants to happen from all of this, outside the fact that he's protesting racism. I'm sorry, but "awareness" is not an adequate reason to protest. The American public has a short attention span, and if you don't convince them to take action and change something while your issue is in the limelight, then you lose. We all move on to the next thing. The greatest protests in history had a clear motive and we're on point. Rosa Parks and the bus system boycott had a clear objective: desegregate buses. Not this protest. Does he want to change the national anthem? Or stop police brutality? What do you want?! As far as I can tell, this will go down in history as another protest that didn't accomplish a single thing. Occupy Wall Street, all over again. Guess what protesters, wall street is still running, because you DIDNT HAVE A PLAN.
My theory is that Kaepernick just spaced off and forgot to stand. We've all done it. Then rather than face the music for not having his head in the game, he called it "protesting." Just a theory though.