The Crazy Kaepernick Conundrum

Most people have a position on this issue, and it is usually wrong, or should I say half-right? The issue is of course how do you feel about San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin #Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem as a sign of protest concerning police treatment of African-Americans.

Some say that he has every right to kneel during the National Anthem. Um… right but also wrong.

Others say that he shouldn’t ever protest against the Anthem in such a way. Um…wrong but also right.

The issue is not whether or not he has the right to protest. The U.S. Constitution is clear on that matter. However, the problem is based upon the “when” and the “where” of his protest.

There are many other legal activities other than staging a protest. For instance, if you’re over 21 years of age and have a valid form of identification, you can walk into a bar and order a beer. However, you can’t do that on the job. Imagine some sanitation workers pick up some trash and then walk into a bar for a few minutes before returning to work. What would happen if some cops or firemen did the same thing?

So yes, Colin Kaepernick has every right to protest. However, if he tried to stage a protest rally on my front lawn, I’d tell him to go somewhere else. He should do it at his own house, in front of city hall, in a public park, in front of The White House, or on any street corner. However, he should not be doing it on the job, which of course means on somebody else’s property, while wearing a uniform and brand name logo, and in front of a paying audience.

That’s right. The people in attendance paid to get in. They paid to see a football game, not watch a media-hyped protest by a second-stringer desperately seeking attention.

In the end, I blame the San Francisco 49ers. As his employer, as the owner of the property, as the owner of the brand name franchise, and the uniform which he wears, they should’ve told him to stay in the locker room.

Can you do this on your job? Can he do this on your property?

 

4 thoughts on “The Crazy Kaepernick Conundrum

  1. I heard wind of this but I don’t watch football, so I never saw his actions. I agree with you: he should not be allowed to do this while working. I hadn’t thought about it in this way, but for certain he is working just as if I were handing out coffee at a shop.

    The team should have made him stand or return to the locker room, but then there would have been more controversy made. It is best to ignore him and continue on.

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  2. I don’t think it a question of rights: his protest did not impede his job. Had he chosen to go on a one-man strike, then yes, the audience would have a right (there’s that word again) to complain.

    No, for me it’s a question of respect. I am reminded of a West Wing episode, in which they ask the President about his thoughts on flag-burning. He said (quoting from memory here) that yes, you have a right to do that, but it is a means of protest that offends an awful lot of people and should, therefore, be avoided.

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    • Protest is his right, along with his freedom of speech and expression. However, that doesn’t mean that you can exercise those rights any where and at any given time.
      Yes, you are correct, that when one does it in a manner that many others find offensive, then be prepared to take some heat.

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