Colin Kaepernick getting his own exhibit at African American history museum

Colin Kaepernick might not be on an NFL roster, but he’s still making headlines. The embattled quarterback will be getting his own exhibit in the National Museum of African American history.

Kaep taking a knee during the national anthem has been the catalyst for a conversation about racial inequalities that exist in America in 2017. Of all the injustices suffered, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Gardner, Philando Castile (and that’s off top — no Googling), it’s Colin Kaepernick quietly kneeling that stays in the news. He’d probably like to be on an NFL team right now, but at least his protest has had the desired effect.

Whenever there is a high profile killing of an unarmed black man, the Twitterspehere ignites, there are protests, but it seems that meaningful change seldom happens. By virtue of his celebrity, his tattoos, his hair, and the social and political climate of the United States, Colin Kaepernick has managed to strike a chord that resonates deeply with the American people.

Many are for Kapernick and what he’s doing; many are opposed. Not among the opposed is Nate Boyer, former Seattle Seahawk and Green Beret who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. An excerpt from an open letter Boyer wrote to Kapernick reads as follows,

“I’m not judging you for standing up for what you believe in. It’s your inalienable right. What you are doing takes a lot of courage, and I’d be lying if I said I knew what it was like to walk around in your shoes.

“I’ve never had to deal with prejudice because of the color of my skin, and for me to say I can relate to what you’ve gone through is as ignorant as someone who’s never been in a combat zone telling me they understand what it’s like to go to war.

“Even though my initial reaction to your protest was one of anger, I’m trying to listen to what you’re saying and why you’re doing it. When I told my mom about this article, she cautioned me that ‘the last thing our country needed right now was more hate.’ As usual, she’s right.

“There are already plenty people fighting fire with fire, and it’s just not helping anyone or anything. So I’m just going to keep listening, with an open mind.

“I look forward to the day you’re inspired to once again stand during our national anthem. I’ll be standing right there next to you. Keep on trying … De Oppresso Liber.”

Nate Boyer

De Oppersso Liber is the motto of the U.S. Army Special Forces. It’s Latin for “to free the oppressed.”

If anyone had the right to to criticize Kaep, it would be Nate Boyer. And if he can listen, we all can.

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