This week, more NFL players than ever have decided to take a knee during the National Anthem. After President Trump bluntly attacked these ‘social activists,’ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell put out a statement in their defense. This served to embolden others, even the MLB saw their first player kneel for the anthem this weekend.
The biggest misstep by these Kapaernick acolytes may have occurred this morning, as players for the Miami Dolphins showed up wearing #IMWITHKAP t-shirts. Really, Miami fans had no real history with Colin Kaepernick, until last year, when Kap showed up to Hard Rock Stadium, shortly after rocking a Castro t-shirt.
The problem that I have with most of these ‘activists’ is not that they are kneeling for the National Anthem, but the fact that they do not thoroughly and thoughtfully consider their newfound political advocacy. Kapaernick, who is against oppression, decided to rep hard for one of the most oppressive political figures of the 20th century. He went so far as to extol the virtues of the Cuban education system; “One thing Fidel Castro did do is they have the highest literacy rate because they invest more in their education system than they do in their prison system, which we do not do here even though we’re fully capable of doing that,” said Kaepernick.
Of course, Cuba’s education system does not have the “highest literacy rate.” And someone who has demonstrated against ‘keeping the man down’ decided to wear the shirt with the image of a dictator who kept an entire country down. In fact, the Castro regime were the perpetrators of too many vicious Human rights violations to count. Kap’s arrival shortly after wearing Castro’s image upset the Cuban population, which comprises a considerable amount of the Miami metropolitan area, many of whom still have familial ties to Cuba.
These Miami players, in their rush to become ‘activists’ failed to consider (or just failed to care) that there are many Dolphin fans of Cuban heritage. Dolphins who attended practice with their #IMWITHKAP t-shirts reintroduced local fans to senseless ‘activism’ of Colin Kaepernick. and demonstrated their own lack of awareness. Cubans and Dolphin fans don’t need to pay to watch players supporting a Castro-loving ‘activist.’ They should immediately consider boycotting the Dolphins and the NFL.