One of the most polarizing situations in society recently was when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to first sit out and then eventually kneel during the national anthem to protest the police shooting unarmed black men. It set up a firestorm that was largely divided along racial lines. White people largely condemned his actions while the majority of black people supported him. Then ultra-conservative Christian Tim Tebow decided to weigh in.
Tebow was also derided by many for kneeling, but it was because he was bringing his Christian faith to the forefront. NFL fans, who prefer their players to remain anonymous under their helmets, did not like that. The then-quarterback, now minor-league baseball player was unashamed of his actions. He felt that adhering to his beliefs was an extremely core part of his self-identity. Some may think that he was undeservedly blacklisted because of this, but the truth is, he didn’t have the long-term skill set to be a quarterback at the highest level.
I thought Tebow said something interesting about the whole Kaepernick situation – that his (Tebow’s) goal was to bring people together. The underlying implication was that the 49ers quarterback was more interested in pushing his personal agenda than actually fostering discussion. The problem here is that the battle lines have been drawn already and neither side is willing to back down to discuss it. There’s still an ugly racial divide and it’s going to take a seismic shift to change that.
Yes, the wearing of the Castro shirt did undermine some of his argument – Castro was not good to his own people, let alone the United States. Cuba is a country that was stuck in the 1950’s, with a large portion of people living in poverty. For Kaepernick to openly support someone like that was a slap in the face to even the Americans that he was supporting with his stance on kneeling.
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