Retired NFL star safety Rodney Harrison, who played for the San Diego Chargers for nine seasons and the New England Patriots for six, appeared on Houston’s SportsTalk 790 and discussed the flap caused by Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand to show respect for the American flag during the singing of the national anthem. Kaepernick said he would not honor a flag of a country that oppresses black people and went on to push the narrative that police are using blacks as targets in the street with no punishment.
While Kaepernick has received some support, especially from the violent anarchist group Black Lives Matter, he has also faced extreme backlash not only on social media, but also from both current and former NFL coaches and players including his former coach Jim Harbaugh, his former teammate Alex Boone who is currently with the Minnesota Vikings, retired NFL legend Jerry Rice, who was a wide receiver with the 49ers for 16 years, and Burgess Owens, who played safety in the NFL for 10 years.
Owens had harsh words for Kaepernick, including pointing out his ignorance about history, period, and black history, specifically.
“What this young man doesn’t understand is the very first martyr for freedom in our country was a black man, he doesn’t understand the Tuskegee airmen, who had hundreds of battles over the skies of Germany so he can sit and be ignorant as he wants to be today.”
But, it’s what Rodney Harrison said on Tuesday morning that has caused him to come under intense fire from some of the very people who have defended Kaepernick’s anti-America stance as being his First Amendment right.
Harrison said many things during his interview including stating that Kaepernick’s heart is in the right place but that sitting down and disrespecting the American flag, and the freedom it represents, that people of different ethnicities fought and died, for will change nothing. He challenged Kaepernick to actually do something if he so believes in what he says.
But, that’s not what has gotten Harrison in trouble with the PC police and black activists. What has made Harrison a target from hypocritical bullies and bigots was his statement that Kaepernick is not really a black man.
“I tell you this, I’m a black man. And Colin Kaepernick — he’s not black,” Harrison said. “He can not understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on a every single (day) basis. When you walk in a grocery store, and you might have $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket and you go up in to a Foot Locker and they’re looking at you like you about to steal something.
“You know, I don’t think he faces those type of things that we face on a daily basis.”
Here’s the truth.
Kaepernick isn’t a black man. He’s biracial and was raised in an upper-class white neighborhood after he was adopted by his white parents, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. HIs father Rick is vice president of operations for Hilmar Cheese, Co. His birth mother, Heidi Russo, gave him up for adoption after giving birth to him as a destitute 19-year old. His birth father, an unnamed black man, was never, ever in Colin’s life.
Here’s another truth. When it is convenient to fit a narrative they are attempting to push, then black people are more than happy to say that a biracial person is black. That’s why Barack Obama, who is also biracial, has been hailed as the first black president when, in reality, he isn’t.
When the NAACP Spokane president, Rachel Dolezal, was revealed to really be a white woman who had been masquerading as a black woman for years, many black people took to social media to praise her actions and say if she wants to be black then let her.
Yet these same people cry “cultural appropriation” because Kim Kardashian wore cornrows or Justin Bieber or Adele have “appropriated black music.”
The hypocrisy, it runs deep.
Now, I don’t know if Colin Kaepernick ever had someone look at him twice in the store as Rodney Harrison has detailed about what he has gone through. But, one thing I do know.
Colin Kaepernick is not black. He is biracial, just like Barack Obama.
There’s nothing wrong with that. Heck, I have biracial nieces and nephews and my children are biracial. I expect them all to take pride in all of their heritage, not just one side.
Kaepernick also grew up as part of the upper crust in a wealthy white neighborhood, just like Obama. Not that there is anything wrong with that either, but he has obviously never been “down for the struggle.” It’s also interesting that just like Obama continues to make the claim that blacks don’t have a fair shot in America, as he stands at the podium as the President of the United States, Kaepernick speaks of oppression as he makes tens of millions for being a below average quarterback.
Another thing that Rodney Harrison said regarding Kaepernick’s stance that isn’t getting much attention is, why now?
Where was his activism when he wasn’t guaranteed $11 million even though he’s been relegated to a benchwarming back up due to his progressively poor play. In fact, FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer speculated that Kaepernick could be cut by the 49ers before the end of the season and it would have nothing to do with his refusal to stand for the “Star Spangled Banner.” Instead, it’s because he is just not good. It’s as if his first season as a starter was a fluke.
Could Kaepernick be taking a stand now so that he can cry racism and discrimination if he is cut since the writing is seemingly on the wall? Could it be that he has become more militant since beginning his relationship with a Black Lives Matter activist?
Who knows the reason for his sudden activist and militant nature. But, as Harrison said the 49ers are simply not good enough to deal with additional issues and distractions in the locker room right now.
In January 2013, as his son was ending his first season as a starter in his second year in the league, Rick Kaepernick shared why he believed Colin was able to perform so well on the field. In short, he said, it’s because he focuses on the job and hand and doesn’t bring in outside distractions.
“I think that is one if his unique traits is the ability to focus. To put things that are on the outside on the outside and basically say I have a job to do here. I am quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. I owe it to the coaches. I owe it to my teammates and I owe it to my fans. I have to do a job.”
It’s too bad Colin Kaepernick no longer possesses this mindset.
Let’s see how long it takes before there is a call for Rodney Harrison to lose his job as an analyst for NBC Sports because people don’t agree with his assessment that Kaepernick isn’t black.
In today’s perverted political correctness world, the only “free speech” that is allowed and protected is that which is agreed upon by the progressive Cultural Marxists.
Listen to Rodney Harrison’s full interview below.