NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of racial inequality in America has become one of the most hotly debated sports stories in recent memory, one that moved to Baltimore in the last week as the Ravens considered signing Kaepernick.
Currently, it appears all NFL owners are vying for the prestigious Avery Brundage award. Mr. Brundage, the autocratic president of the International Olympic Committee during the 1968 Olympics, instructed the U.S. to send African-American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos home after their "human rights salute" on the podium in Mexico City. Quite simply using his celebrity status as a platform, Colin Kaepernick has been taking a knee during pre-game performance of the National Anthem to take a stand against the persistence of bigotry in this country, a country I'm sure he loves warts and all. Disrespecting the armed forces? Not true. I'm sure he's aware that the honorable men and women who serve in our armed services and that they serve for the very right of citizens to protest when they see injustice ("Spike Lee announces rally at NFL headquarters to support Colin Kaepernick," Aug. 8).
Those screaming the loudest and who claim to be most offended are most likely season ticket holders and fans who have the grill fired up, the beers cold and their friends coming over who don't want reality to intrude on their one o'clock kick-off. Sadly, far too many won't deal with the reality of race in this country on Sunday or any other day. Toss in an idiot in the White House who fans white rage and appeals to militia types, race-hating groups like the Klan and white nationalists, it's a wonder more concerned citizens don't take a knee.