Colin Kaepernick and the hypocrisy of anti-police rhetoric

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I’ve come to the conclusion that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the human equivalent of a stink bug. He’s really annoying and he just won’t go away.

Or, more accurately, the controversy he’s stirred up by refusing to stand up for the National Anthem won’t go away.

Red, White and Blue Umbrella. Pictured on Memorial Day, 2011. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic
Patriotic Colors. Memorial Day Ceremony in Warrenton, Va., May 2011. Photo by Alexandra Bogdanovic

I’ve already made my feelings on that subject perfectly clear. I couldn’t disagree with him more. But if the little punk wants to express his displeasure with this country by sitting on his butt during the National Anthem, he’s perfectly free to do so. That’s the beautiful thing about America. We allow our citizens to protest without fear of reprisal.

How does that saying go? I believe it’s, “I disagree with what you are saying, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Or something like that.

However, I draw the line when it comes to the anti-law enforcement rhetoric that Kaepernick has been engaging in recently. Of course, he’s not the only one who’s been engaging in public cop-bashing lately.

But apparently he can’t get enough of the spotlight. So I will happily single him out for his hypocrisy — among other things.

Here’s the deal. As reasonable people, I think we can all agree that it is not okay to hate an entire group of people based on their race, religion or gender identity. I think we can also agree that it is not okay to hate an entire group of people based solely on the actions of a few — no matter how heinous those actions are.

But apparently it is perfectly okay to hate a whole group of people based solely on their profession. It is perfectly fine to hate a whole entire group of people in a given profession based on the actions of a few. At least, that’s the clearly the case as far as the media, the president, and various pop culture icons — including Kaepernick — are concerned.

Frankly, the hypocrisy is astounding.

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