The cowardice of Colin Kaepernick

Mr. Kaepernick is a coward, but not for sitting down during the national anthem.  Not because he disrespected millions of black veterans like Revolutionary War hero Crispus Attucks, whose soil-mixed blood undergirded America's foundation.

Not because he disrespected the Massachusetts 54th Regiment – the first detachment of black Civil War soldiers, who fought and died under the American flag trying to recapture Fort Wagner.  

Not because he disrespected Dorie Miller, a black WWII Navy cook who earned the Navy Cross on December 7, 1941 by saving his captain and manning an anti-aircraft gun after the USS West Virginia was torpedoed by the Japanese.  

Not even because he disrespected the Tuskegee Airmen – black flyers who had to fight their own country for the right to fight for their country.   

Kaepernick is a coward because if he really cared about black Americans, he would bring attention to the major problems confronting them instead of a minor one.  The police are not the worst problem facing black Americans; liberal policies and black-on-black crime are!

The Public Broadcasting Station's Tavis Smiley recently stated that blacks have lost ground in every major economic category during the two terms of President Obama.  As reported by Sean Hannity, under this president, black poverty increased by 8%.  Blacks on food stamps increased by 58%.  Blacks out of the workforce increased by 19.6%, and black home ownership is down 4.6%.  Where is Kaepernick's outrage concerning the crumbling black middle class?

President Obama firmly supports giving Planned Parenthood, whose abortion centers are primarily located in minority communities, $500 million of taxpayer money annually.  The kill ratio of Planned Parenthood versus police is a thousand to one!  According to, blacks make up less than 15% of the population but account for 35% of abortions.  Where is Kaepernick's outrage concerning the lives of unborn black babies who will never see the light of day?

Black-on-black crime makes cities like Chicago nothing less than killing fields.  In 2015, there were a total of 2,988 shootings and 491 homicides in Chicago.  As of August 30, 2016, there were 2,800 shootings and 487 homicides in that city alone.  Is Kaepernick angered only if a police officer misuses his authority?  Does he feel any compassion for mothers and fathers wondering if this is the day their children will not return from school?  Has he ever questioned the liberal policies of the killing field cities like Chicago and Baltimore, or do only black lives killed by police matter?

Whatever police problems we have are minor compared to the ongoing genocidal destruction of the black community.  Let's deal with the big problems first!  If Kaepernick stands against counter-productive liberal policies, and the acceptance of black-on-black crime, I will applaud him for taking a stand instead of taking a seat.  

Samuel E. Tolley, III CPM ®, B.A., M.A. is the author of Enemy of Christ: Revelation 21:8.  Follow Samuel on his website,; email  Facebook and Twitter. 

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