Colin Kaepernick and Race and Racism In Sports

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Miami Dolphins

The Bible says this about “race:”

 And (God) hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth . . .

Acts 17:26 KJV

We all bleed red. We all have red blood cells and white blood cells. And we all have a heart, but not all have “heart.” That’s the problem. We judge and prejudge based on the outward appearance, not on the inward quality. And that’s tragic. 

There is no African blood or Anglo-Saxon blood or Hispanic blood or Asian blood. God made us all of one blood.  That’s why the Civil Rights movement was so powerful.  White men marched with black men in the fight for racial right. And we’re still fighting.  Unfortunately, not everyone agrees with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who said this in his famous March on Washington speech in 1963:

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

The NFL has turned its back on Colin Kaepernick. Once one of the starting QB’s in the Super Bowl, Kaepernick is now out of a job and out of the NFL. Many believe it’s because he’s been blacklisted and blackballed by NFL owners because of his silent protest of taking a knee during the national anthem at games in 2016.

“Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett says Colin Kaepernick remaining unsigned reflects the state of the NFL.

‘I think the league is built on middle America, and most of middle America is predominantly a white crowd,’ Bennett said Wednesday. ‘That’s just the truth of it. I think race is not something that the NFL wants to be a part of or get behind. But the league is predominantly African-American.

So the issue that he’s dealing with is what we’re all dealing with. We all come from the inner city or we’ve been a part of communities where we felt like we’ve been judged because of the color of our skin . . .

Obviously, there’s the elephant in the room why Kaepernick isn’t signed, and most people know why.’ Bennett said. ‘I’ve said this several times, and I’m not afraid to say it: I think race and politics in sports is something people don’t want to hear about, nor do people want to be a part of.’ “

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19643996/michael-bennett-seattle-seahawks-says-lack-colin-kaepernick-deal-demonstrates-league-racial-divide

And so the answer is really simple. Sports, the great unifier, is played by players of one blood.  The reason why we can’t separate sports and politics is because some cannot separate sports from racism, and bigotry and bias and discrimination, as Colin Kaepernick has come to learn, the hard way. And that’s too bad.  Like it or not, sports has long been used as a political weapon, and still is.

We have mislabeled each other. In turn, we’ve misjudged and mistaken our outward appearance for our inner identity. Black and white are not colors, but values. Yet, black is used to “color” the African race. Black is associated with darkness, depression and death. White, on the other hand, is associated with light and luminosity and life. And we have labeled each other, and we treat each other, likewise.  And that’s a shame.  

My friend’s daughter said it best:

One day her little kindergartener came home from school crying and emotionally distraught. “It’s been a really bad day.” she cried. “It’s been a really, bad, bad, bad, bad, bad day!”  “Why?” her mother asked. With sobbing tears and shirking shoulders the little one went to her toy box and got her crayons, and then dumped them all on the floor. She searched for one in particular and pointed it defiantly at her mother. “They said I’m black!” She wailed. “THIS is black, and I’m not black! I’m brown!”

 

Out of the mouths of babes.

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