Colin Kaepernick made a lot of people mad a few days ago when he refused to stand during the national anthem. The intentional sit was his way of showing solidarity for the black community which he believes have been recently oppressed by the United States. Here’s Stephen Colbert explaining the controversy better than I ever could.
And the Kaepernick sit is a topic too hot for me to touch, but Cam Newton recently weighed in on Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem. And what he said made sense but in a round-a-bout sort of way.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton states in a recent interview with ESPN, "We're All The Same Color" pic.twitter.com/3aU70CPC2N
— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) September 1, 2016
Cam Newton seemed to dodge the question pretty well, but made a good point that we’re all equal. Even if his reasoning left something to be desired.
Does Cam Newton have a definitive opinion on, like, anything?
— RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) September 1, 2016
I don’t know when we put it on our athletes to play the role of political scientists. But it’s a bit out of their league. These, for the most part, are kids who barely had to go to class in college. Their entire lives have revolved around football. Are we really surprised that when you ask them to explain their theories on race relations?
Can't knock a man for thinking about his money, but who got to Cam Newton this summer. He was Malcolm X last year now he is Bill O'Reilly.
— Out da game son (@Hollastar) September 1, 2016
While Cam Newton did used to be a little more vocal on the issues of race relations, he’s never been particularly well-spoken. Just watch this interview from him after the Panther’s Super Bowl loss.
And so the United States continues to battle the issue of race relations. And maybe we should look a little further than our star athletes.
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