First is that Colin Kaepernick has every right under our First Amendment to say what he wants and protest as he wishes. Apparently the NFL has no problem with his sit down protest, it's not against their rules, and it sounds like the SF 49er's are OK with it as well. They issued a statement saying so. Also, Kaepernick is not alone in his feelings. Lots of other (mainly Black) NFL players have come out in support of him.
That all said, I personally think Colin Kaepernick is an ignoramus and a world class asshole. His whole protest is based on a false premise, the widely discredited assumption that the police forces in America are full of overtly racist officers who are hunting down young Black men in the streets and assassinating them with impunity. This is absolute nonsense that has been repeated so often by the media and Black community leaders that a large number of the Black (and white) community believe it to be true. Colin Kaepernick is possibly stupid, but definitely ignorant if he believes it.
As for his choice to protest over what he believes, as I said, he definitely has that right. But the choices we make have consequences. By protesting in the manner he has chosen and the anti patriotic statements he has made, he has insulted a large portion of the population. He seems to know this and simply does not care.
In my opinion, I think the answer is simple. If Kaepernick has offended you, take action by not supporting him. Don't go to 49er's games as long as he is on the team. Don't buy 49er's merchandise. Don't patronize anyone who sponsors him. He will go away and fade into oblivion soon enough. He's a sub par quarterback who the 49er's couldn't even trade off over the summer. He's simply not worth any more time or media attention.
|Colin Kaepernick and his adopted parents|
Just one more personal note- Colin Kaepernick is mixed race. His biological mother is white and his father is black. His father just split before he was born like too many Black men do after they father a child. His mother gave him up for adoption as she was only 19 at the time. He was adopted into a middle class white family ad raised in a loving home among whites in white neighborhoods and white schools. He's taken those opportunities and made himself millions. Now Colin talks about 'his people' and 'The Struggle'. He rails against the injustices against Black people 'like him'. He is a disrespectful hypocrite- a self absorbed man-child not deserving of a fraction of the attention he's getting.