I have been very slowed & delayed with writing this story. Part of why that has been the case is that I’m a person who likes to see stories unravel first & then once the hype has kinda shifted from the primary party. This will be a unique way of writing this blog, but I think it will work.
A 28-year old is usually not known or expected to have a mind of their own. You would think or consider this as being the case, but when you add that the 28-year old is a quarterback in the NFL who was a few years removed from a Super Bowl appearance, it kinda makes the story obtain a different form of viewing. In hindsight, it shouldn’t make a difference, because both aspects are HUMAN, but when you’re an athlete, it’s almost like you’re meant to be a superhuman abnormal athlete. You aren’t supposed to have a voice, give an opinion or speak your mind. Whenever the first amendment right comes into play, we run with the thought, but don’t understand the true meaning of it. Today, it’s time to educate my readers of these blogs to see how it can be perceived a little differently. The right reads:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Writing about this can cause people to run off my page & go into an outrage about how they feel or where they stand on things, & you are entitled to that. What I want to say, however, is that you have to take in mind that when you are representing someone or something, that freedom of speech is available, but limited & here’s how. When you represent a company or a brand, you have to fulfill what their proper guidelines are. As a perfect example, remember a few years back when the NFL made it clear that their main musical source was Bose? That meant that if you were doing pregame practice in the league wearing anything but Bose, you got fined. The players of course did what they chose to do, & it ended up not getting as much uproar or tension. The interview that Kaepernick gave AFTER the game is why I’m harping on the 1st amendment spiel, but we’ll get back to that. Let’s jump to the main problem & “controversy” as to what ultimately lead to a so-called uproar in the media world. Anytime major brands like Fox & CNN can get something to add for news when their bland & generic titles aren’t hitting it, you know it’s time to make that reach & turn a story that’s not a story into a form of so-called conflicting words. The 49ers played against the Packers, & someone caught on film that during the National Anthem, Kaepernick chose not to stand up. So, let’s go over something here. He decided to take a silent stance during the national anthem, & got scrutiny for making a choice that didn’t impact ANYONE? What I think is amazing that a lot of people fail to realize is that there are people who go to sporting events & don’t even take their hats off when standing during the national anthem. There are even people who are talking the entire time to song is being sang. Every time I think about this story, the first story that comes to mind involves Chris Jackson aka Mahmoud Abdul-Raouf. Mr. Jackson’s reason was that he wasn’t standing based on his Islamic belief. The flag was a symbol of oppression. Talk about history repeating itself…Kapernick’s reason he didn’t stand was that he didn’t feel the need to stand for a flag of a country that oppresses black people & people of color. This country is a melting pot. If no one stood up during the national anthem, it wouldn’t be the biggest controversy if you ask me. I personally feel like everyone is using this as a chance to attack Kaepernick, when all he’s doing is making a stand by taking a seat for his beliefs/views. People set folks houses on fire and made that like it was the greatest thing in the world, but no one made a big hype over those stories. And I’m not mentioning the groups involved with this, because most of you know what I’m talking about. This might step on toes, but I wonder how many so-called folks who are hating on Kaep know that his mother is white? Oh, & how many of you realize that he’s an educated individual who not only went to the school of Nevada to play football & baseball, but to play FOUR years (and graduated). So to those who think he’s ignorant (aka the N word), take time to look over the good things that aren’t talked about in his repertoire.
I wrote that minor tangent to state that if it’s a problem for people to express themselves or choose to do what they feel, then we all should just travel listening to silence or speaking to people in our selective languages or dialects. Don’t knock someone for who they are or what they do & you’re not perfect. That’s why I think we sometimes live in this mindset of missing the mark. If you really wanna be dainty, there are some intimate rules/laws that a lot of people would be locked up for & don’t even know it. Learn your facts/information. That’s what I’m gonna leave you with. Hope you enjoyed. Gonna eat & I’ve got one more topic/blog to jump into & that will end the night.