Congressman Pete King Statement on Colin Kaepernick’s Refusal to Stand for the National Anthem
Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem is entirely wrong. It is also an indicator of how low our cultural standards have been degraded that anyone is actually supporting this behavior. Kaepernick charges that America "oppresses black people and people of color" even though America has elected and reelected an African-American President and in the previous eight years of the Bush Administration both Secretaries of State (Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice) were African-American. And in Kaepernick's NFL the large majority of players are African-American. If he is referring to violence against African-Americans, that comes primarily from within the black community itself. If he is reciting the fraudulent Black Lives Matter theme that police are targeting African-Americans, then he is clearly wrong and misguided. Not only are more whites than African-Americans arrested and shot at by police (almost always justified), they are as likely to be shot at in individual encounters with police as are African-Americans (again almost always justified). Unfortunately it appears that the big lie of Michael Brown ("hands up, don't shoot") has become an article of faith among cop-haters. Of course America has problems. Every country in the world has problems. But no country has done more to address those problems than the United States. That is why so many millions of immigrants from all over the world -- so many of them people of color -- are desperate to come to America every year. If we are to address our problems -- such as street crime, education and job opportunity -- honestly, then we must debate them honestly. Having an NFL quarterback insult our flag by refusing to stand during the playing of the "Star Spangled Banner," adds neither honesty nor intelligence to that debate.