San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick set off a massive controversy earlier this year when he began sitting during the national anthem in protest of a system that he says “”oppresses people of color,” didn’t vote on Election Day. The man who wants reform ignored America’s most effective way of getting it and for that he’s losing support from those who’ve been in his corner since the beginning. He shouldn’t be. Here’s what Kaepernick told reporters of his decision to abstain on Election Day:
“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.”
Kaepernick has been ripped in local, state and national op-eds, with the consensus saying that his desire to affect change with protest is at odds with his refusal to affect change at the ballot box. It might be. Stephen A. Smith called the quarterback a “flaming hypocrite” for it. He might be.