Here’s hoping you all had a Thanksgiving that was filled warmth, friendship, and good cheer. Not all Americans did.
I am not referring to here to the homeless, who deserve our pity, but to Americans who deliberately went out of their way yesterday to make a special holiday miserable.
One such person was professional quarterback-turned-semi-professional grievance monger Colin Kaepernick, who joined other embittered protesters at the site of the former U.S. federal prison on Alcatraz Island to mock the holiday with an “unThanksgiving” observance.
“Our fight,” the onetime San Francisco 49er told those assembled, “is the same fight. We’re all fighting for our justice, for our freedom.”
The last time I checked, Kaepernick was free to do anything he wanted except play football in the NFL — which is what started him on his tantrum in the first place. (The hypocritical Kaepernick even acknowledged in March that he would stand for the national anthem once he was under contract to a team in the league!)
A Kaepernick disciple, meantime, desecrated the holiday tradition by taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem on Thanksgiving. New York Giants defensive end Oliver Vernon took a knee prior to last night’s nationally televised game between his team and the Washington Redskins.
Vernon told Newsday last week that the reason for his protest is “basically social injustice on African-Americans and police brutality.” That is the same complaint Kaepernick made the first time he refused to stand for the anthem, though the remedy has never been that obvious. What action could, say, the federal government take (if in fact they were inclined to capitulate) that would mollify Vernon and his ilk? As it is stands, the ratings for professional football continue to slump, and ending the season with no end to these petulant protests could do irreparable harm to the future of the game.