Stephen Keyes seems to be clueless as to what Kaepernick’s actions are for [Letters, Sept. 21]. Black people are not asking for a perfect society; just respect of life would be sufficient! As far as disrespecting the ideal of our society, that has been done incessantly since this country was founded. The Native Americans felt the disrespect; the Asians, coming to this country for a better life felt it; and since the 1500s Africans and African-Americans have felt it. People are giving Kaepernick death threats. Maybe the same people who are strutting around with white privilege dripping from their jaws!
Jazz Cook, San Diego
Stephen Keyes, which ivory tower do you inhabit [Letters Sept. 21]? You really don’t get this, do you? Kaepernick’s symbolic gesture has nothing to do with “perfection.” Enlightened, concerned citizens naturally experience the need to communicate their opinions on matters of social injustice.
In normal societies this behavior is welcomed and encouraged, because it highlights key issues, stimulates debate and offers the opportunity for positive change. (Especially when initiated by one in a high-profile position).
Mr Keyes, would you prefer that we stick our heads in the sand or sit around, aimlessly reciting platitudes? Fortunately, Kaepernick doesn’t count himself among the 80 percent of willing/ignorant victims in our society. His action and consequent inspiration place him in the top 10 percent—The Intelligentsia. (We all know who the remaining 10 percent represents).
One would think that we live in a police state with some of the current nonsense surrounding a flag and an anthem. Ultimately, Kaepernick’s stand for justice worked. After all, we’re still talking about it, aren’t we?
Anna Bowen-Davies, University Heights
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