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Colin Kaepernick – Hero Or Villain?

“Why are all my heroes executed by the government?” FeatherLeaf

Here is the question for today, Colin Kaepernick, Hero or Villain? I’ll settle the suspense. Colin is a hero of major proportions and if you disagree you are un American. 

Slave photoAmerica was founded on ideals. The general ideal that men could dictate their own lives and were free to pursue their choices and desires. America forbids the establishment of a state religion allowing people of all faiths. Freedom of press, freedom of forming political parties and freedom of speech are parts of the foundation. Colin Kaepernick is simply exercising his rights as an American citizen. The rights that many people who have sacrificed much to maintain.

Let’s get real there is no free speech in the United States. In fact if there were, Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem wouldn’t have generated such a hostile debate. That facts is that in the United States there is an oppressive racist system in place. If it weren’t Colin would have a job as quarterback in the NFL today.

I met an African American woman the other day who was born in 1935. She could recall a day when ‘blacks’ and ‘whites’ couldn’t drink from the same water fountain or use the same bathroom. In all practicality African Americans couldn’t vote, especially in the South. I say this because there are people who think that ‘racism’ is a thing of the past. That because OJ was found innocent, Obama was president and Oprah’s great success that five hundred plus years of racism just vanished.

If there was no racism Colin Kaepernick would never have decided to take a knee for the national anthem. It took a great amount of courage to do so and for the moment at least it has cost him. It seems his career in football is over. It brings me to remember another great athlete name Cassius Clay a.k.a. Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali refused to go into the draft to participate with the genocide being conducted by the United States government called the Vietnam War. As Ali put it  “The Vietnam war is the White Man sending the Black man to kill the Yellow man to defend the land they stole from the Red man.”

I have expressed Colin’s struggle poetically, much like the poems you will find in my book “Poet To The Poor, Poems Of Hope For The Bottom One Percent”

Time To Stand Up?

by John Kaniecki

When Pilgrim pride
Committed genocide
Did you stand?
When from across the sea
Merchants delt chattel slavery
Did you stand?
When immigrants of all ages
Were paid starvation wages
Did you stand?
When Jim Crow did reign
Inflicting bitter pain
Did you stand?
When they desecrated sacred Mother Earth
Violating indigenous worth
Did you stand?
When imperialism dominated
And atrocities were created
Did you stand?
When the police time and time again
Gun down black young men
Did you stand?
When the C.I.A. in sin
Flooded the hood with heroin
Did you stand?
When trillions were spent on war
And nothing to the poor
Did you stand?
Did you stand for every injustice and wrong?
Then why should I stand for your racist song?

Colin Kaepernick – Hero Or Villain?

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Colin Kaepernick – Hero Or Villain?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 26, 2020, from


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