Do not cry over spilt milk
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do not cry over spilt milk?” This idiom does not really mean you should cry over spilt milk. What it means is do not worry about the things you cannot change or have happened in the past. The reason why I bring this phrase up is because it applies to Collin Kaepernick.
The San Francisco 49ers struggling quarterback, Kaepernick, whose refusal to stand during the national anthem has invited criticism from all corners of the sports world. Kaepernick has said, “To show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
It’s hard not to notice Francis Scott Key’s words are almost perfectly aligned. But it should not be a surprise when you consider some historical context, mainly, that the anthem actually contains a reference to slavery and Kaepernick is far from the first athlete to question it.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Key in 1814 about the American victory at the Battle of Fort McHenry. We only sing the first verse, but Key wrote three more versions. In the third song a person sings, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave.” The mere mention of “slave” is not entirely remarkable; slavery was alive and well in the United States in 1814. Key himself owned slaves, was an anti-abolitionist and once called his African brethren.
The American ritual of the national anthem is always been a crucible for patriotism and protest. It presents a particular dynamic for sports stars since sporting events are often closely tied with American pride. Today, however, many critics ridicule Kaepernick, a biracial super bowl quarterback who was raised by white adoptive parents and made 13 million in 2014. He often was called, “Spoiled!”
My thoughts about Kaepernick are similar to that of most Americans. Grow up Kaepernick, you big baby. I can say these things because Kaepernick has the least understanding of what it is like to suffer the ridicule and stereotyping. If you want to start standing up for something; start protesting the wage disparities for African-Americans and those who have a TBI. That is if I even get the job or even an interview. You, at least, have a job.
What do you think? Is what Kaepernick doing good for America or his fans? Should he be looked up to by younger children? Connect with me…