The Sanskrit word “karma” refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deeds contribute to bad karma and future suffering.
Case in point…
On Friday night, the San Francisco 49ers took to the field to play the Green Bay Packers in a preseason game.
Niners’ quarterback, 28-year-old Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem.
His team lost.
According to NFL.com, Kaepernick is protesting what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA’s Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.
And on the subject of “issues affecting minorities in the U.S.” Dwayne Wade now has some terrible personal experience on that point.
His first cousin, Nykea Aldridge was pushing a stroller in the city’s Parkway Gardens neighborhood Friday afternoon when two men exchanged gunfire nearby, hitting her in the arm and the head, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the hospital, as ABC News reports.
These young kids are screaming for help!!! #EnoughIsEnough
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) August 27, 2016
Not standing for the National Anthem does nothing to stop the gun violence plaguing black communities. Yes, Mr. Kaepernick, there are bodies in the street. But your black community is oppressing itself.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]