Last Friday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated as the national anthem played prior to a game, in protest of the bias against minorities within our criminal justice system.
While conservative pundits and even the GOP presidential candidate suggested Kaepernick should find a new country to call home, the twenty-eight year old’s decision is actually the most American one could make.
Last Tuesday, 37 year-old Alton Sterling, a black male, was shot point blank by two Baton Rouge police officers while being pinned to the ground. Twenty-four hours later, Philando Castile, also a black male, was shot to death by police during a routine traffic stop. The aftermath of the shooting was live streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, who was a passenger (along with her 4 year-old daughter) in the car when Castile was killed.
On Thursday night, five police officers were killed when a shooter ambushed a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Twelve officers and two civilians were also injured.
To say the country just ended a bad week would be one hell of an understatement.