Progressive actress Rosana Arquette asked a rather odd question on her Twitter account this past weekend: what would our country look like if we all just knelt with Colin Kaepernick?
Arquette sent out a tweet over the weekend where she posed this thought to her audience: “If only everyone had just knelt with Kaepernick in graceful peaceful protest and solidarity, just imagine how much better this country would have been.”
Putting aside the poor grammar and lack of punctuation, Arquette’s statement frames Kaepernick as some sort or hero for his form of protest, even though it was a repulsive act from the start. Kaepernick himself said that his protests were against America as a whole, not the pleas for equality that everyone made them out to be later on.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” Kaepernick said.
Kaepernick threw the baby out with the bathwater with his protest. He was choosing to focus on a select few examples of police brutality to attack America as a whole. In his twisted mind, the fact that injustice exists in a broken country was cause enough to blatantly disregard it, along with all the good that the United States has accomplished domestically and internationally during its existence.
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On top of all that, Kaepernick proudly celebrated Cuban dictator Fidel Castro by wearing a shirt with his face in 2016, as well as a pair of socks that indicated he believed all police officers were pigs (not just the handful that committed heinous acts of brutality). There was nothing praiseworthy about what Kaepernick did or what he stands for, and Arquette’s attempt to frame it as such is disgusting.
Although not everyone joined Kaepernick and his boneheaded self in his act of “solidarity,” plenty of Americans -- like Arquette -- did, and we have seen the results of what this anti-patriotism ideology has produced. Thankfully, a strong contingent of America-loving citizens have pushed back against Kaepernick and the fallout of his agenda since then, providing a glimmer of hope for America’s future.
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