Cops are threatening to go on strike over Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem.
The Santa Clara police union, offended by Kaepernick’s continuing decision to not stand for the anthem in protest of police brutality, sent a letter to the San Francisco 49ers saying that doing nothing about their incorrigible player “could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.” Apparently, in addition to forcing the public to pay for their services or face arrest, Santa Clara police also demand their steadfast devotion.
Kaepernick is upset at police actions towards minorities
The beef Kaepernick has with the country’s anthem boils down to a refusal to revere a nation that he feels oppresses people like him, as he outlined in an interview with NBC:
“This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all — and it’s not happening for all right now. This is because I’m seeing things happen to people that don’t have a voice, people that don’t have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and effect change. So I’m in a position where I can do that, and I’m going to do that for people that can’t.”
This silent-yet-oh-so-loud criticism of police actions, rather than being met with apologies, concern, further conversation, indifference, or even mild scorn, has instead provoked a vicious firestorm of rage by police and their unquestioning supporters.
All this over a racist song instituted in living memory
The controversy and furor generated by Kaepernick revolves around a single song considered to be the heart and soul of American identity. This song, the Star-Spangled Banner, was not even adopted into official use as the nation’s anthem until 1931, meaning that there are still people alive who have never had to sing it. And, as it turns out, this song wasn’t a very nice one celebrating the purity of holy liberty. One verse in particular mentions the good old days of runaway slaves facing terror and death:
“No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave”
Let’s recap: A black sports player didn’t stand up for a song with parts about slavery that wasn’t even official until the 1930s. He did this because he was upset at how other people of his race were treated by police. In response, police threatened to not do the jobs they were paid to do by force. Because one athlete out of dozens on his team didn’t stand for a song, and that hurt their feelings.