I was busy doing some cleaning when, for some reason, I decided to check out Facebook (something I do much less nowadays, but that’s for another blog post). When I hop on, I see some of my (social media) friends freaking out about Colin Kaepernick not standing up during the national anthem. After heartily LOL’ing at this for a good 10 minutes, I had to write a blog post. Anything to procrastinate from cleaning, right? Let’s dive into how patriotism turned into fanboyism.
As an American, America is my home (for now at least). The house is which I live is also my home. Now let’s say I had a roommate who was cool for the most part, but every once in a while he/she was just a straight up asshole to me. What if he was an asshole to friends that came over? The mailman? It didn’t happen all the time, but it happened enough times for me to notice. Should I not voice my disagreement in some way? Should I simply take it?
Have you ever seen a fanboy? You can’t reason with them. It’s the reason why people can’t admit a movie like Batman v Superman has an insane amount of flaws. It’s the reason why people fight about whatever sports team they love. Fanboyism is annoying, but largely innocent on those scales, but fanboyism for a country is one of the slipperiest of slippery slopes because you’re ignoring criticisms that actually affect people.
So I’m going to say something that is going to piss certain people off if they happen to read this: expecting people to respect ANY national anthem is silly. Seriously. I stopped singing that shit back in the 8th grade and it has nothing to do with how I feel about America (if the national anthem were I song I actually liked it might be a different story lol). If this country is all about freedom, I don’t understand why this would be seen as such a sign of disrespect. Do you know what is disrespectful to America? Not challenging it to be the best it can be.
Colin Kaepernick has something many of us don’t: a platform. On top of that, many people who do have a platform typically use it for self-serving reasons (I’m looking at you Kanye). I respect this dude for standing up for what he believes in. That’s why settlers from England came here in the first place, right? They challenged their government/country. Why do we see them as heroes, but those who do it now are… well, check out this video by a particularly furious American fanboy to see what he thinks about the unholy act of not standing for the national anthem:
Hey Colin Kaepernick – I’ve got some words for you.
Posted by CJ Pearson on Saturday, August 27, 2016
Sure sounds like a fanboy to me. Just saying.
I don’t know, man, I don’t have the wherewithal to deep dive into this right now and I’m sure many people’s opinion regarding this are already set in stone anyway. Still, if you made it this far, I’m going to say this as clearly and bluntly as possible: it’s okay to challenge EVERYTHING if you feel strongly about it. You don’t have to be a jerk, but you definitely should be reasonable. If you love America, you should love its citizens and try to understand why they feel the way they feel rather than beat them down with this Murica, knucklehead, surface-level thinking. We can be better and sometimes that starts with a statement.
Colin Kaepernick, thank you for trying.
Peace out, party people.