It seems like the expected reaction after someone like Colin Kaepernick— the perfectly confusing mix of famous, black, and patriotic— takes a strong stand against the symbol of the American National Anthem, for criticism against his use of the First Amendment and his body and voice to come up strong.
When San Francisco 49er Kaepernick chose to remain seated during during the pre-game Star-Spangled Banner the other night, he ignited a flurry of accusations. A whole slew of people took it upon themselves to call him out for being unpatriotic and shameful.
And then Tuesday evening, on the great equalizer that is Twitter, the opinions that truly matter were given voice, reminding us that just because that reaction to Kaepernick was expected, that doesn’t mean it’s valid. Because if people are going to call this man unpatriotic, more than a few people who have literally risked their lives for this country would like a word.
I serve to protect your freedoms, not a song #VeteransForKaepernick— Jeffrey Crossman (@JCrossman1) August 31, 2016
You can love your country and ask your country to do better at the same time. #VeteransForKaepernick— Black Jesus Barbie ™ (@RihTweetMe) August 30, 2016
👈🏿 I've dealt with racism before, during, and after service. B/c the country only cares about my service on holidays #Veteransforkaepernick— Kiss My Converse (@koopa_kinte) August 30, 2016