SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - A couple of weeks ago, San Francisco 49er backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a stand… by sitting. He did this as the national anthem played before a pre-season football game.
His reason he later said, was quote, "I'm not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,"
Since that initial gesture he's changed his posture, he now just kneels on one knee, but not his stance.
There's no question that in the days that have followed, Kaepernick and those who have joined him in protest have sparked a national discussion.
The only problem is while Kaepernick's intentions may have been pure, and there are plenty who question that, his ill-conceived actions have triggered the absolute wrong conversation.
Consider this, instead of us discussing our country's racial issues, which despite the progress made over the years, there are still plenty of, we're discussing patriotism, which again is something we have plenty of.
A black and white issue that somehow has now turned red, white and blue is being led a person who can't lead 10 other men 100 yards down a football field. Kaepernick has the where with all to make a difference. He has money and he has a platform and he now has the attention he was desiring, but he's done nothing to further the cause or educate us on the struggles of the African American community.
Instead, Kaepernick continues to make this protest more about him and less about the issue which is unfortunate because united we stand.