I keep running into people who insist that Amerikka is post-sexist and post-racist. I have no idea how they keep this delusional illusion in their heads, because every day, we are drowning in evidence that’s not so. Rapists continue to receive slaps on the wrist, and racists continue to shout their bigotry to the skies. The latest example is the reaction to Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the anthem.
In a post-game interview on the NFL Network, Kaepernick explained that he was taking a different kind of stand, referencing Black Lives Matter in a roundabout way.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told reporters. “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.”
Criticism on Twitter ran from attacks on Kaepernick by questioning his patriotism in light of the millions he earns as an NFL star, to extensive use of the “N-word” from racists who are a source of many of the problems African Americans face in the U.S,.
Some of the tweets are below the fold, because they are explicit and vile.
This nigger Colin Kaepernick has a $114M contract to throw a fucking ball. Yeah, blacks are so oppressed in America.
— AdolfJoeBiden™ (@Bidenshairplugz) August 27, 2016
Colin Kaepernick is "keepin it real" and gets the prestigious "nigger of the day" award overtaking Will Smith in hardcore nigger status.
— nate (@bloodandsoil5) August 27, 2016
Blatant disrespect doesn't work well for impacting change. Feel free to find a country that supports you better. #Colin Kaepernick
— Paul Hoffman (@papac00772) August 27, 2016
Colin Kaepernick can leave the millions he made IN the United States and go to another country. What a joke.
— Shauna (@_ShaunaAlexis) August 27, 2016
Via Raw Story.