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Why the activism of Colin Kaepernick can be questioned over his refusal to vote

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Colin Kaepernick decided to become an activist and stand up for what he believed by sitting down. Apparently upset with the brutality faced by Blacks in America, Kaepernick decided to sit and take a knee while the national anthem was sung before NFL games. It was a strong gesture and inspired athletes across the nation to follow his lead.

However, Kaepernick’s protests could be voided by the fact that he decided not to vote. During a locker room interview with reporters on Nov. 8, Kaepernick revealed that he would not vote. He often discussed his disappointment with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But even if he believed those candidates were flawed, it should not have stopped him from voting.

Along with the presidential election, the local candidates and amendments are important as well. By not voting, presumably in California, Kaepernick missed out on a chance to help make history by electing Kamala Harris to the U.S. Senate. Harris became the first Black politician in California history to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

If Kaepernick was really concerned with change, he could have used his voice to inspire others to vote for the amendments and candidates that could help the communities that he claims to love. But his neglect was a major disappointment and counterproductive to the message he was attempting to send.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith blasted Kaepernick by saying, “Colin Kaepernick is irrelevant. I don’t want to hear from him again. I don’t want to hear a damn word about anything that he has to say about our nation, the issues that we have, racial injustices, needing change, etc. He comes across as a flaming hypocrite. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not interested in a damn word that he has to say. I hope he goes away.”

Kaepernick has done some good by recently saying that he will donate $1 million to charities that will help the community. But his decision to stay away from the voting polls will cause some to believe that his protests is only a narcisstic cry for attention.


10 Comments

  1. Sol Rothstein on November 9, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    SO this LIGHT SKINNED JACKASS….forgot that over 80% of Congress was up for Re-ELECTION…

    He just made himself look stupid.

    • Cee jay on November 11, 2016 at 11:13 am

      So what? You make yourself look,dumb,stupid and ignorant as hell each time you post on here!

      • Sol Rothstein on November 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

        DICK FACE…

        The point was BLACK FOLKS should have gotten out to vote LOCALLY and that effects their lives more than the PRESIDENT.

        Black whores like you are stupid.

      • Mike Gee on November 14, 2016 at 1:46 pm

        man this tiny weiner puss boi is on here each and every day trolling folks. He has no life and lives with his mommy…dont even acknowledge this insignificant snowball. Hes too afraid to even use his real name and pic…that says a lot about how much of a punk he or she is….well now that I think about it hes def a she lol! Or a he-she!

  2. Jason on November 11, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Please stop with the vote crap! Black people have to stop trying to guilt those who don’t vote. Many people didn’t vote because they were not going to support Hillary or Donald. Many Black people criticized Colin for his stance on the flag, but now you expect him to help elect your candidate? Which candidate mentioned the introduction of legislation designed to prevent the slaughter of Black people in the streets? Anyone??? Sounds like an Obama problem to me. He was constantly told that he was ignoring Black people. He ignored the signs, and when he needed them – they ignored his ass and made Hillary pay. Oh the irony!

    • Nia Mims Webb on November 11, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Jason, did you actually read the article? This wasn’t about Trump or Clinton. This was about local referendums and amendments. Local politicians. Colin missed the opportunity to be a part of history and vote for Kamala Harris.

      Oh, and if you want to look for a solution to the slaughter of black people in the streets, that usually happens at the hands of other black people. That speaks to a lack of parenting usually. Presidential candidates are not going to come in your homes and raise your kids. Black people are fully capable of not freaking killing each other.

      • Jason on November 12, 2016 at 6:28 am

        Black people who commit crimes are often punished for them. If that has changed – let me know. What I do know is politicians unwilling to introduce legislation designed to stop race soldiers posing as police are nowhere to be found. If you want young people to participate in the process – go find some candidates that listen to the wants/needs of the people instead of blindly voting out of tradition and loyalty to people who could care less about your Black butt.

        Oh, and yes there is violence in urban areas. That won’t change until you see increased job opportunities and a re-introduction of other resources into those areas. Find some candidates willing to make that happen, and MAYBE you will get your voters.

      • Jason on November 12, 2016 at 6:32 am

        By the way – I think it is GOOD that many Black people didn’t participate in the process. Seeing the DEMS on fire after the election was orgasmic. Black people now have an opportunity to gather their demands and pick only those candidates willing to meet them. I am hoping we are at an end of the legacy of blind voting by Black people. BTW – you can thank President Obama for the lack of participation by some.

      • Mike Gee on November 14, 2016 at 1:50 pm

        wow….another brainwashed negro spouting the same propaganda they are. LETS MAKE THIS CLEAR FOR THE UNINTELLIGENT. PEOPLE KILL IN THEIR OWN RACE REGULARLY! White on white crime is the same as black on black..please stop stating that dumb ish on posts!!! Its enough we have to hear THEM say this foolishness..now we have our own stating this dumbness as well. Now if you want to impress me lets see the number of blacks vs whites killed at the hands of law enforcement….ill wait.

  3. Mike Gee on November 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    so ….Mr A.R. Shaw..is this an “opinion” piece or is this article meant to do the ol “crabs in the barrel” dance? I agree with Mr Kaepernicks stance and if you were to do some research yourself, you will see that our votes do NOT count. The electoral college is a way to make sure our votes dont mean anything. Stop going along with the program and start questioning things. Instead of taking the coon road stating what he should and should not do, why not get your dreads off the sidelines and try to make a change for yourself and your people. This article is garbage and typical of those blacks who like to shame other blacks to make a name for themselves with the other side. You disgust me man…..