Kneeling for Inequality

As the NFL season is vastly approaching former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent. There are many players that are available on the market due to free agency, but Kaepernick being unsigned isn’t because of lack of performance or the inability to play, it’s because he protested against police brutality and social injustice.

Kaepernick demonstrated his protest last season by refusing to stand during the national anthem. During postgame interviews Kaepernick explained that as long as police keep killing unarmed black men and not face any charges or not be convicted of the crime he will continue to kneel during the national anthem. This gesture and act of courage created a movement as many NFL players followed Kaepernick’s stance with taking a knee, or raising their right fist.

The issue with this situation is that someone took a stand in what they believe in, voiced their opinion and is now unemployed. Meanwhile there are quarterbacks in the league with poor skill sets like Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Sam Bradford and plenty more who are currently on active rosters. But, a quarterback who appeared in two NFC championships and a Super Bowl can’t work his way onto a roster as a backup quarterback. Kaepernick recently met with the Seattle Seahawks, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expressed how Kaepernick still has the intangibles to be starter in this league, but was not offered a deal. A few days later quarterback Austin Davis was signed by the Seahawks. Yes, Austin Davis.

The media portrayed Kaepernick as an unpatriotic individual who has no respect for this country. However, the media failed to inform their same audience that he has donated over $500,000 to various charities including sending food for the famine in Somalia. In May, Kaepernick stood outside of a New York City parole office and handed out suits to parolees to help them look more presentable while looking for employment.

It’s clear to see the NFL is blackballing Kaepernick, a black quarterback with a fresh picked out Afro who refused to take a stand during the national anthem there’s no way they want him apart of the league. Kneeling during the national anthem exasperated many fans, NFL owners, and especially the commissioner Roger Goodell. The NFL season kicks off September 7th and Colin Kaepernick deserves a spot on an active NFL roster. If Ben Roethlisberger can be accused of sexual assault twice on two separate occasions in his career and continue to remain a starting quarterback, then Kaepernick who demonstrated social activism deserves to keep his job as well.

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