To know who Colin Kaepernick is, one does not even have to enjoy watching the NFL or the sport of football. Anyone with a pair eyes and ears is likely aware of the recent political demonstrations done by the San Francisco 49ers quarterback in an effort to raise more awareness about the current race and basic human rights issues happening around the United States.
In order to get his message heard, Kaepernick has been kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before each game since the middle of August. While his efforts have sparked some decisions to improve a number of daily procedures used by various law enforcement entities, some of the quarterback’s recent actions have raised questions about if he truly knows what he is actually protesting.
Kaepernick was recently questioned by Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald on his decision to wear a shirt that featured photos from a meeting between Fidel Castro and Malcolm X in 1960.
Salguero asked the quarterback how he can continue to, “protest oppression” while wearing a shirt that displays a man such as Castro, who was a communist dictator responsible for the deaths of over a million innocent humans?
To which Kaepernick responded, “I wore a Malcolm X shirt.”
The quarterback went on to avoid Salguero’s question and spit out some gibberish about how the shirt represents the, “open mind,” of Malcom X to meet with a monster such as Castro. He might as well have worn a shirt that displayed photos of when the Canadian prime minister met with Adolf Hitler in 1937.
It really would be no different. That is how bad of a person Castro was.
When Salguero later asked Kaepernick if he felt it was, “good to have an open mind,” about Castro’s actions, the quarterback once again avoided making any comment on the former communist leader of Cuba he once displayed on his shirt and said he is, “not talking about Fidel Castro and his oppression.”
This may be a sign for Kaepernick to stop speaking on issues he obviously does not fully understand. While his intentions may mean well, his recent actions are really continuing to tarnish any legacy he had the hope of building.