The revolutionary actions of San Francisco 49ers’ backup Quarterback Colin Kaepernick have produced a tidal wave of malice and scorn from sports spectators and the general public. This was evident in a recent public opinion poll, which was amazingly broken down by Shannon Sharpe. Among those polled, 47 percent opposed the Quarterback’s protest, with just 32 percent supporting his decision to kneel during the National Anthem.
The original intent of the protest was to help project a spotlight onto America’s epidemic of African Americans being unnecessarily killed at an alarming rate by police officers. Again, just recently, helicopter and dash cam video revealed the death of unarmed African-American motorist Terence Crutcher at the hands of Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby. His only crime was pulling off to the side of the road in an attempt to fix his automobile.
Crutcher’s death appeared to harden the Quarterback’s belief in his protest: “This is a perfect example of what this is about.”