Kaepernick’s caper

Re: Nike endorsement

The political correctness of, and the pandering to “white guilt” by Nike’s Kaepernick endorsement speaks to a more far reaching aspect than just blatant capitalist opportunism.

Realistically, if Colin Kaepernick really wanted to help his cause rather than feather his own nest, he could best spend his energy and name recognition by applying it to prying the black community away from using victimization as an easy excuse to do little or nothing to improve their situation rather than the hard work and universal decision to admit responsibility for the self-inflicted wounds that continue to make black communities bleed.

I always thought this country was making strides — some may claim baby steps — in the right direction prompted by two kings and a queen — Rodney, Martin Luther and Aretha. Dr. King used peaceful coercion, Rodney King exposed the rage and frustration and Aretha Franklin exposed the soul of black culture to the general public.

Affirmative action forced companies to hire by color quota rather than ability but still managed to grudgingly open doors for minorities.

Dr. Ben Carson and entrepreneur Herman Cain did not take that route but served as an example for their race that anyone can throw off the mantle of victim and rise to success by their own initiative despite humble beginnings.

Barak Obama was supposed to bring the country closer together, but by his tacit agreement with supposed black victimization by whites and police, he gave the unspoken go-ahead for the resultant race riots of his administration. Black-on-black violence, headless households, drugs, gangs and disintegration of neighborhoods should be Kaepernick’s and Nike’s focus, rather than shifting the blame to “the system” that, in Kaepernick’s mind is represented by the flag of the United States of America. That sort of blame shifting is an insult and a cop out that further divides and diminishes any sympathy the rest of U.S. should feel for those disenfranchised by their own unwillingness to take the hard road of self help.

Mike Kuzara

Sheridan