Did Colin Kaepernick Alienate Potential Black Lives Matter Supporters? Of course not. #BLM

National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. A friend on Facebook wrote two comments to my posts supporting this action:

Actually I don’t consider what he did a brave stance for racial justice. Protests come in many forms and his choice was out of context.


This is not the right way to do this. When you disrespect the country as a whole rather than the specific issue you wish to correct you alienate those that could help you. His actions are arrogant and ignorant.

So what this critic of Kaepernick claims is that there are people out there who were on the verge of leaving their couches to offer effective protection to unarmed black people from extrajudicial execution and, then, horrified by Kaepernick’s actions, they resumed their seats on the couch.

One thought on “Did Colin Kaepernick Alienate Potential Black Lives Matter Supporters? Of course not. #BLM

  1. I agree with you Ayman. Your friend’s logic is flawed. Colin Kaepernick used ihs position as a public figure to publicize a social evil in the USA. If he merely would have spoken out against extrajudicial killings of Black and Latino men, the majority of people would not have paid attention, I assume. However, the very public act of defiance by refusing to stand for the National anthem has resulted in many people taking notice of this problem. Muhammad Ali did the same thing in the 1960’s when he refused to be drafted. The latter called into question the morality of the Vietnam War and America’s inhumane treatment of its Black citizens. During the 1960’s many people called Muhammad Ali a coward, arrogant and ungrateful. However, when the man died early this summer, he has emerged in the American consciousness as something akin to saint. One cannot underestimate the fecklessness of people. What Colin Kaepernick did took an immense amount of courage. The same sort of courage that Muhammad Ali exhibited in the 1960’s, and throughout his life.

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