Sporting my fav new t-shirt🌎. My sweatiness probably makes it hard to see, but it says: KAEPERNICK 7.
Stands for Colin Kaepernick (7 is his #). He's a professional quarterback who used to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Colin took a knee last season during the national anthem. Colin's "stance" was for pointing out racial inequality & injustices that still exist in our country.
Many people took offense to his position, as they believed he was "disrespecting the flag." But Colin made it very clear that he had no intention of disrespecting the flag and the men and women who have fought, and still fight for our freedom. He's very appreciative of them & loves America.
The intention for his peaceful protest was to help Americans see we aren't allowing " freedom, liberty and justice for all." Thus, he pointed out our collective shit, so we could see the problems, work on them, and be more connected & united. To me, this guy is the ultimate American!Someone who has the courage to call out our issues, to HELP us be better & more whole.
His stance has caused quite an eruption of resistance. So much so that he hasn't been able to get a job in the NFL so far this season. Not b/c of talent. He's more than capable. Owners fear hiring him would draw negative attention to their organization. It's so sad & crushes my heart💔. On my hike today, this guy stopped and looked at my shirt...I smiled at him... he angrily looked at me like I had greatly offended him by wearing this shirt. He starred me down for a few moments...I didn't know what to do, so I just looked at him ( I thought he may try to deck me)...then he made a grunt & stormed off.
Was an interesting experience & reflection of the divide we have in our country and world. It's like, we (I include myself in this) sometimes get so reactive to what we think something means, that we close ourselves off from being human beings.
What Kaepernick stands for makes me want to be a better communicator and collaborator. As so many issues could be resolved if we could learn to be better communicators & listeners, vs reacting out of fear. FEAR: Fuck Everything And Run. OR...Face Everything And Rise.