Roughly 47% of Americans did not vote in the last presidential election. One of the people who neglected having their voice heard is prominent Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick.
The 29-year-old San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been protesting the national anthem the entire football season. While nearly every other person in the stadium stands out of respect to the American flag, Kaepernick takes a knee. Why? He claims it’s a righteous fight against racial injustice.
“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 NFL Media. “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.”
So Kaepernick is concerned enough about social justice that he’ll make the entirely symbolic and ultimately meaningless gesture of disrespecting the flag on national television, but he can’t be bothered to vote? Records indicate that Kaepernick has NEVER registered to vote. We’re supposed to consider this guy a social activist? Hardly.
Kaepernick weakly argues that he didn’t vote because “I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole. So, for me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression. And to me, it didn’t really matter who went in there. The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”
Ridiculous. His argument is intellectually dishonest and undermines his credibility as an educated, forward-thinker.
Perhaps he really didn’t like Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton and none of the third party candidates appealed to him. His absurd argument against voting still falls flat because he also neglected to vote on important measures on the California ballot, measures that directly affect minority communities.
Prop 62 would have abolished capital punishment if it had passed. Prop 63 will tighten California’s stringent gun laws. Prop 64 should have been important to Kaepernick. It legalized marijuana- the ACLU has found that African-Americans are almost four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white people.
Kaepernick cared so little about the real issues surrounding race relations and law enforcement that he chose not to make his voice heard at all. The supposed hero, the man who has inspired a smattering of similar protests across the country, doesn’t seem to stand for much at all.
It’s disappointing, but not surprising. The current entitled generation has inculcated a selfish “give me more!” attitude. Millennials have been raised on a steady diet of handouts, and it shows.
Protests against President-elect Donald Trump are raging through the streets. The protesters are mostly clueless kids with no better political message than Kaepernick. 112 anti-Trump protesters were arrested in Portland last week. The vast majority also chose not to vote in the last election.
They’ll shout about injustice until their lungs are sore, as long the gesture is utterly empty. But hey, protest pictures look good on Instagram right?
Kevin Grigsby, one of those arrested, told local reporters “I did not (vote) and the reason why is because we know that the Electoral College is really what matters the most. And I think that we need to change that because your vote doesn’t matter if you don’t have enough Electoral College points.”
What self-indulgent blather. Someone who denigrates the American political system, who howls against it’s supposed injustice, but then refuse to act to change it is at best an immature, uniformed child.
“There’s more than one way to create change,” Kaepernick said on Tuesday. Probably, but voting is by far the most effective method.
Kaepernick’s self-righteous campaign is a starkly visible example of everything that’s wrong with the left. He spouts ignorant rhetoric about a system he barely seems to understand. Voter apathy is a dangerous phenomenom with real consequences. Not voting doesn’t make you smart or enlightened.
Kaepernick’s message has become one of hopelessness. Don’t vote because it won’t matter. He’s no activist. He’s an athlete who’s managed to make an even bigger name for himself this season as all eyes are riveted on him and his protest. Sales of his jersey are skyrocketing. His name is rippling through magazines and on talk shows. The only change his silly protest causes will be to his own net worth.
Like many protesting liberals, Kaepernick can barely articulate what exactly he’s so upset about. He’s mad about racial injustice, sure, but he doesn’t detail what exactly this consists of. No wonder he’s not willing to actually work for a solution- he’s not entirely clear what the problem is.
Liberals will continue to storm the streets. Protesters have indicated that they no plans of stopping. If anything their numbers are swelling as it becomes the cool thing to do. Entire high school and college classes are walking out en masse. A few teachers have even joined in, skipping out of work in the name of freedom.
Whatever credibility Kaepernick might have had is completely undermined by his refusal to vote. He bleats constantly about the problems in our country, lets others revere him as a social activist, yet excuses himself from actually making a difference. Kaepernick wants you to hear his voice. Just not when it matters.