After this recent election, Colin Kaepernick was asked if he voted.
Kaepernick, who has made headlines this year for exercising his right to kneel during the National Anthem in protest to it, exercised his right not to vote this election.
Via Michael Sebastian/Esquire: “I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole,” he told reporters. “So, for me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression.”
“And to me, it didn’t really matter who went in there, the system still remains intact that oppresses people of color,” he added.
Although he has received a lot of backlash for his latest decision to exercise his rights, he should in no way be criticised for this.
First of all, it’s every American’s right to decide whether they want to vote or not. If Kaepernick didn’t believe in any of the candidates, then why should he vote anyway? Since when was it the right thing to vote for someone you truly don’t believe in?
Now, the argument can be made that since he has made this big statement by kneeling during the anthem in order to speak up for minorities, he should have voted for Hillary Clinton, who a lot of minorities voted for.
Where this argument is flawed comes from the fact that by kneeling Kaepernick is non-verbally speaking up for something that he truly believes in and will figuratively take the bullet for by the national media. By voting in this election, Kaepernick would be endorsing someone who he believes are not truly for the people.
“You have Hillary [Clinton], who has called black teens or black kids super predators,” he said in August. “You have Donald Trump, who is openly racist.”
Why should he vote for candidates that he believes are corrupt and truly not supporters of minorities and their rights? The platform that he has created is based on merits that he believes to be true and that he fully supports based on what he has seen and experienced. By voting in the election, he would in essence be “selling out” because he doesn’t believe in or support any candidate and what they stand for.
So, I applaud Kaepernick for refusing to vote this election because he’s staying consistent in his stance of fighting and standing for what he truly believes.
For that, we shouldn’t be mad at anyone, especially in a time where many people are doing things as followers of the status quo and not as leaders of their own minds.
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