Colin Kaepernick has made headlines in recent days for his decision to sit during the National Anthem. According to the mainstream media, his reasoning is simple (because the only thing that is comprehendible to the majority of Americans is a soundbite) – police brutality and the oppression of people of color.
Implicit in that simple narrative is one thing unsaid – it’s Trump’s fault… and Hillary will fight the good fight to support black people.
However, if one took the time to actually read Kaepernick’s full interview transcript, the narrative is very different, and not at all what the mainstream would like you to hear…
Colin Kaepernick (CK): People don’t realize what’s really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren’t being held accountable for. And that’s something that needs to change. That’s something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it’s not happening for all right now.
Media: Does the election year have anything to do with timing?
CK: It wasn’t a timing thing, it wasn’t something that was planned. But I think the two presidential candidates that we currently have also represent the issues that we have in this country right now.
Media: Do you want to expand on that?
CK: You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?
Media: It is a country that has elected a black president twice…
CK: It has elected a black president but there are also a lot of things that haven’t changed.
— Winston (@Johndaveis) August 29, 2016
So, according to the football player, it’s not just Trump that is racist, but so is Hillary, and – shockingly – should be in prison, while Barack Obama has failed in eight years to make any difference. And yes, all of that was ignored by the mainstream.
Because if played on CNN, questions might emerge…