By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made national headlines recently when he refused to stand for the National Anthem prior to a 49ers preseason National Football League game.
While I’m not disputing his right to stand or not stand (and I do disagree with his decision to not stand), I do dispute his rationale.
Kaepernick, who is biracial, told NFL media reporter Steve Wyche: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag or country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
I would daresay that the majority of his teammates on the 49ers are “people of color” as he puts it. The minimum salary for an NFL football player in his first season is $450,000. The total jumps to $525,000 for the second season, followed by $600,000 in the third season, and $675,000 for year four. That is the minimum. That does not include the numerous players who earn millions of dollars per year. If that’s oppression, I wouldn’t mind being “oppressed.” [Read more…]