Yet One More Unimportant Article about Colin Kaepernick

By Arthur Rizer

September 20, 2016

Arthur Rizer is justice policy director and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute

How many “real” news stories are transpiring as I write this, the umpteenth unnecessary opinion piece about Colin Kaepernick and his protest to kneel during the national anthem? There have been over 500 murders in Chicago this year and we are just over the halfway mark. A real criminal justice reform package is stalled in Congress. There was yet another unarmed black man killed in Tulsa adding fuel to the already extremely hot fire of minority/police relations (hence why Mr. Kaepernick is kneeling in the first place.) Further, I write about criminal justice and police issues and this unimportant topic touches only the outermost edges of my interest. Yet, over the past few weeks, I have been asked several times what I, as a combat veteran, thought of Kaepernick’s protest.

Who am I to disagree with the will of the people? Let’s talk about Colin Kaepernick.

From what I can tell from reading the news and never having met the man, Mr. Kaepernick is a privileged donkey-hole who has no concept of what the national anthem means to service members. …Read More


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