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49ers Should Sack QB Kaepernick

49ers Should Sack QB Kaepernick


Wednesday, 07 September 2016 12:20 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Here’s what I’d say to the York Family: "As owners of the San Francisco 49ers, you are aware that, despite your franchise’s success, it is not “America’s Team.” That honor belongs to the Dallas Cowboys. Both organizations have won five Super Bowls. Both have legendary stars. And both have storied histories. Yet the Cowboys are always a few yards ahead of the 49ers. But an opportunity has presented itself to change that perception overnight. Fire Colin Kaepernick. Immediately. If you do, you’ll finally be America’s Team."

Kaepernick, the 49ers’ quarterback, has been protesting America’s “racial inequality” and its “murderous” police by deliberately sitting during our national anthem, a practice he vows to continue.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color . . . to me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he said.

First, if not America, what country will he proudly stand up for that doesn’t oppress its blacks? Rwanda? Their blacks slaughtered other blacks (and fellow countrymen) to the tune of two million dead. Brazil? Where 22 of the world’s top 50 most violent cities are, and where the government hasn’t made any strides to help its black citizens? The Middle East?

The truth is two-fold: Are blacks in America still subject to racism, including by some police? Of course, though “racism” is not the sole domain of blacks. Many others are also on the receiving end, in various forms, from Asians to Muslims to yes, whites, as reverse discrimination is an exponentially-growing phenomenon.

But let’s be clear. Racism is racism, and it’s wrong for everyone.

Second, in just two generations, America has done more to eradicate bigotry and instill equal rights than any nation on earth. America’s blacks have the highest standard of living of any in the world. While certainly not ideal for many — a large number live in poverty (as do many whites), with failing schools, crime and joblessness all too prevalent — we are the only country that continues to make things better. If we work together, we can continue this remarkable progress for a colorblind, equal-rights-for-all, special-treatment-for-none society. 

But snubbing your nose at the most benevolent country in the world by boycotting its national anthem is counterproductive and childish.

Can we please stop with the “police are racist murderers” line? It’s so ludicrous that it merits no defense.

Talk to almost any cop and they’ll tell you they don’t care about black and white. The only color they see is blue.

They’re out there trying to hold the line. And when one of them — black or white — is forced to shoot a suspect, he isn’t judging him on race; he’s trying to save lives, including his own.

Are there bad cops? There are bad people in every profession, but police likely have the least number because most enter the force for the noblest of reasons. And last time we checked, the NFL doesn’t exactly have a stellar reputation, with numerous players accused of domestic abuse, illegal drugs, and violent crime.

If Kaepernick had class, he would have protested outside of football, on his own time.

Instead, he invited divisiveness into the league, its fan base, and, perhaps most important, his team. Rather than being a true leader, Colin personifies the ungrateful, spoiled child — exactly what we don’t want our entitled young generation emulating.

When you turn your back on the country that afforded you everything, while employed by a private entity with a very public face, you need to go. The NFL should have a rule mandating participation in the national anthem (why don’t they?).

Don’t agree? Fine. Go play football in Venezuela for 50 cents a game.

If the 49ers owners have guts, they would sack him now. Americans reward courage and conviction, and if the 49ers show that principle is more important than money, and that they’re not afraid to take a stand, they will be the Champions of 2016 before a single game is played.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.

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