Last Wednesday, as I checked through my general emails and occasional Face Book notifications, I am bombarded by a quote my loving sister displayed on her page. “Leave Colin Alone! My first instinct was to question who the hell “Colin” was. Secondly, who is bothering this Colin person. As I read deeper into her sporadic vent, I realized she was expressing her feelings about the new patriotic, or unpatriotic issue surrounding Colin Kaepernick. I carefully surfed the internet to see what all the commotion was about.
Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem due to his belief of unfairness towards minorities. I am not saying Colin is right but I am also not saying Colin is wrong. As an American, I have my own issues with this country. I also have issues with my business, my family, and my job. I often times voice those opinions when I am frustrated with either of those issues. But my opinion does not mean I hate America, I hate my business, and it surely doesn’t mean that I hate my family. The country that we live in protects his right to say or do as he feels as long as there is no malice involved. It also protects those that disagree with him. Colin was reacting to something that was bothering him at the time. If that is how he felt, that is just how he felt. It doesn’t mean that he should be bombarded with hate and insults.
On the other hand, you have veterans and currently active military personnel, who have and continue to serve this country. I understand their anger. But the same law that protects their freedom of speech, protects Kaepernick’s as well. There is no right or wrong in this case. Each side has a valid point. We cannot change how Colin feels but what we, as a nation, can do is try to understand the root of WHY he feels that way. If a happy child that cannot talk starts screaming bloody murder out of nowhere, do we not do what we can to find out why the child is suddenly irritated or in pain?
Some Americans love to argue with the surface of an issue. The surface is always safe. It means I can say what I want without any ramifications because I choose not to know the ache behind the pain. He did and said what he did “Big Fucking Deal”. One person’s idea or opinion does not speak for everybody.
It does not stop me from doing what I have to do everyday and it doesn’t make me hate America. So in the words of my disgruntled sister “LEAVE COLIN ALONE”.