Inside, an essay from Jim McWhorter, a professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, is entitled, “Colin Kaepernick had no choice but to kneel,” arguing that it has to be understood why the man is kneeling.
“The idea that to not stand while the anthem is played signals a lack of allegiance to one’s nation is simplistic to the point of stretching plausibility, seemingly designed more as a way to hate on someone than to grapple with the complexities of the real world,” McWhorter writes.
“Is patriotism a matter of either/or? Perhaps in terms of military service, although we find gray lines even there.
“Elsewhere, however, critique and even scolding are fundamental facets of loving.
“What would be unpatriotic of Kaepernick, given his views, would be to refrain from sitting out the national anthem out of an unreflective sense of patriotism as an on/off switch.
“Kaepernick thinks his country is capable of changing and wants to help it do so.”
There are also pieces from Miami Dolphins Jelani Jenkins and Michael Thomas, who kneeled with two other teammates and had the full support of team owner Stephen Ross.
Outside of the magazine, 49ers coach Chip Kelly offered his strongest support yet of Kaepernick during his press conference on Thursday, citing the recent killings of black men at the hands of police in Omaha and Charlotte.
“He’s shedding light on a situation that is heinous and shouldn’t happen in this country,” Kelly said.
“We all have inalienable rights as a citizen of this country and they’re being violated, and that’s what I think Colin is standing up for.
“It’s an issue. You look at what’s gone on in Tulsa, and in Charlotte the last two nights. It’s an issue that’s at the forefront of our country.
“It needs to be addressed, it needs to be taken care of, because what’s going on is not right.”
Further, Kelly noted that when he’s at the team facility, outside of the once-a-week media availability Kaepernick has done, the sixth-year veteran has been completely focused on his job.
“There hasn’t been any, ‘Hey, coach, I need time because I have this going on.’ He hasn’t done that,” Kelly said.
“He understands what his job is. He’s balanced it really well and managed it really well. He’s focused. He’s dialed in when we’re at practice, he’s dialed in when we’re in meetings.”
With Blaine Gabbert struggling last week against the Carolina Panthers, there are some who believe it’s time for Kaepernick to step back into the starting role.
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