Actively unemployed NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick just took another disgusting and misinformed shot at the police officers of America.
The former 49er posted an image on Twitter likening today’s police officers to the “runaway slave patrol,” along with a declaration that the system “needs to be dismantled!”
A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled! pic.twitter.com/BVVPVZIQyD
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) June 16, 2017
The post seemed to be in response to the acquittal Friday of the Minnesota officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year.
This isn’t the first time Kaepernick has taken a shot at law enforcement. Aside from his highly publicized protests while kneeling for the national anthem, Kaepernick specifically drew the ire of national police organizations for this stunt:
The responses to Friday’s tweet were swift and vicious:
What are you saying? Police are the new age slave patrol? If so Ignorant comment
— #rebuiltsecondary (@yehti75) June 16, 2017
Your NFL career over
— FOLLOWMEKINGSFANZ (@grash510) June 16, 2017
Hey KAP how was OTA’s 😂😂😂 next time you’ll show us veterans some damn respect
— jonathan russell (@jruss36) June 16, 2017
THIS IS WHY YOU DONT HAVE A JOB! Good luck in the CFL
— James Hilario (@Jameshilario7) June 16, 2017
And if, god forbid, you are in trouble, what number are you calling?
— Arch Stanton (@zep4orr) June 16, 2017
If you’ll indulge me to verge into political opinion here: This is so outrageous and so inflammatory that it is nearly impossible to comprehend. I agree with Kaepernick’s broader message about exploring ways to reform the criminal justice system. There may be a way to make it better, and it is a worthwhile, if uncomfortable, conversation worth having. I’ve always disagreed with Kaepernick about the time (during the anthem), place (a football game) and method (kneeling) of his protests.
Not only that, but I’m a firm believer in the following quote, often attributed (but sometimes disputed) to Voltaire:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Kaepernick has stretched that belief to the breaking point.
Are there police officers who racially discriminate? Surely. But by the same token, there are no doubt dishwashers, garbage men, receptionists,and doughnut makers who racially discriminate. Should we go ahead and label everyone who is a dishwasher, garbage man, receptionist or doughnut maker as an abject racist? The absurdity of Kaepernick’s comments is readily apparent.
To stoke racial tensions with inflammatory statements is both irresponsible and completely antithetical to the point Kaepernick is trying to make. The only way we can ever improve a situation is by discussing and exploring it, not hurling disrespectful insults like comparing police officers to slavers or pigs.
With his career floundering (his one and only visit with an NFL team, the Seattle Seahawks, ended without a deal), this latest stunt could be the final nail in his NFL coffin.
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