Writer Diana Goetsch penned an opinion editorial for the Chicago Tribune last week, asking why no one will hire Colin Kaepernick, and slammed the NFL for its patriotic displays and singing of the national anthem.
“Why can’t Colin Kaepernick find a job?” Goetsch asked in her editorial last week. She then asked, “How come NFL teams will employ players who’ve been arrested for domestic violence… but will not employ Kaepernick?” She claimed it must be worse in the eyes of the NFL to kneel for the national anthem than beating women.
Goetsch degraded the NFL for “wrapping itself in the flag,” and said, “No ritual has been more baked into spectator sports than fans being told to rise for the singing of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’… and none is more deceiving.”
“While fans do it out of habit or peer pressure, saluting the flag before a football game makes about as much sense as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before seeing a movie or walking the dog,” Goetsch declared.
She called the national anthem a “pompous battle number,” and claimed all the patriotism at NFL football games is just “paid patriotism” and “propaganda from all angles,” condemning the stadium parachute drops, hometown heroes honored, player cameos at soldiers’ homecomings and cheerleader photo ops with wounded veterans.
Goetsch said Kaepernick’s silent protest “is in line with a tradition of nonviolent resistance in America, from Thoreau to Rosa Parks to Muhammad Ali, challenging us to a more perfect union,” and claimed he is just “sitting out the marketing,” which is why he doesn’t have a job.
Kaepernick recently caused outrage when he tweeted on July 4th that he had gone “home” to Ghana, saying, “How can we truly celebrate independence on a day that intentionally robbed our ancestors of theirs? To find my independence I went home.”
After taking a knee and refusing to stand for the anthem during last year’s games, Kaepernick announced in March that he would stand for the anthem during the next season; but without a job, he may find it difficult to carry that out.
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