Allen B. West Penned an Open Letter to Colin Kaepernick-Authorship Confirmed!
Summary of eRumor:
Conservative commentator Allen B. West has written an open letter to Colin Kaepernick after the NFL quarterback sat during the playing of the national anthem in protest of racial and social issues.
Allen B. West’s commentary appeared on his website August 28th under the headline, “Message from a Non-oppressed Black Man to Colin Kaepernick.”
In the letter, West noted that the NFL had had released a statement encouraging but not requiring players to stand during the national anthem but had refused to require Dallas Cowboys to wear a helmet decal on their helmets in honor of slain Dallas police officers, continuing:
This is the same NFL that said nothing when players from the then- St. Louis Rams displayed the false narrative symbol of “hands up, dont shoot” — which we know didn’t happen. I find it rather interesting that the NFL has no issue disrespecting law enforcement officers but only “encourages” players to respect the symbol of our nation, the American flag, and our anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.
However, I would recommend a simple scripture from the wise King Solomon for Mr. Kaepernick, Proverbs 17:28 (NIV): “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”
West then goes on to note that Kaepernick is a biracial young man who was adopted and raised by white parents and now claims that America is oppressing blacks despite having two consecutive black attorneys general:
First of all, let me clarify to you sir, you are a multi-millionaire “one-percenter” just because you can throw a ball and kiss your biceps. Men like Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Ernie Davis, and Bernard King and Condredge Halloway of my alma mater were athletes who knew of oppression. You sir may certainly have the right to sit upon your “fourth point of contact” when the National Anthem is played but never forget, you live in a nation that has provided you the privilege to have that right.
West then encouraged Kaepernick to ask Reps. Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee about racist public policies in the San Francisco Bay area:
Or perhaps you can ask the two California senators, Boxer and Feinstein, about who doesn’t support better education opportunities for black children in the inner cities — school choice, vouchers, charter schools, home schooling.
Perhaps you didn’t know Barack Obama was the one who cancelled the DC school voucher program for deserving young black children — talk about oppression. Is that something you’re willing to do, or is it just too difficult?
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