Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarter back, became the hot subject of debate — literally — when he remained seated during the national anthem for a preseason game last week. Now, an anonymous Gold Star mom is weighing in on the issue.
She says…“My heart is exploding, my lungs are without air, my blood is boiling, my body is shaking, and tears are running down my face,”
Kaepernick’s own birth mother had some very harsh words for her son on Twitter.
Kaepernick said he refused to “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He argued doing so would be “selfish” because “there are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
But the unnamed Gold Star mom reminded the football player of other bodies laying in the streets — veterans who have lost their lives in combat.
“I am sitting in my living room looking outside at my American flag — flying at half staff,” she wrote. “You see, my son’s body lay in a street after an [improvised explosive device]blew up the vehicle he was fighting in. His blood stains the sands of Afghanistan. He died protecting the ideals of the flag you refuse to respect.”
“He died so that ungrateful, privileged, and arrogant men like you can be just that — ungrateful, privileged, and arrogant,” she continued. “There are brave men and women all around that stand between evil and you. Men and women willing to die to protect you because they believe in the ideals this country was founded on.”
Of his decision, Kaepernick said he is not “looking for approval,” but is just “stand[ing]up for people that are oppressed.” And on Sunday, he doubled down on his defense of the move, telling reporters he will continue to sit during the “Star-Spangled Banner” until he sees “significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to.”
The mother of another slain soldier scorched him the public eye:
“Ask them how their heart feels when they hear the national anthem being sung? You are a public figure, someone young people look to as an example. Shame on you,” she charged. “Shame on you for your disrespect towards those who are true examples of honesty, integrity, pride, and leadership. Shame on you for disrespecting my son and his life. His sacrifice.”
Collin’s lack of respect for the men and women who have fought, died, and may be alive, but still living with P.T.S.D or other injuries, is beyond words disgusting. He should feel what real oppression is like send this pantywaste off to Afghanistan!
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