Wearing an afro, kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner and not voting are just some of the actions that have sparked a movement among Colin Kaepernick’s NFL counterparts and fellow sports affiliates. Many of his fellow fans and counterparts questioned him about being a hypocrite.
Steven A. Smith, an African-American journalist for the NFL, gave his complete and utter opinion on the choice that Kaepernick has publicly made. He stated “ As far as I am concerned, Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant. I don’t want to see him again; I don’t want to hear a damn word about anything he has to say about our nation- the issues he has to say about racial injustice, needing changing, … He comes across as a flaming hypocrite.”
Colin Kaepernick had stated to his fans before the election that he would not be voting. Giving his opinion, he stated “ I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression. I’m not going to show support for that system, and to me, the oppressor isn’t going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression.”
Historically, voting is critical to the African-American community because for many years it was illegal. For an African-American man who showed all this commitment to Black Lives Matter and justice for all, not voting was blasphemy in the eyes of many.
In the end, Kaepernick made a decision that he believed in, even if it goes against the grain.