So I Guess Buffalo Probably Wasn't The Best Place For Colin Kaepernick To Make His First Start Of The Year
Look, I am not trying to besmirch the long standing reputation of Buffalo here. I don't think the fact that Colin Kaepernick was finally slated to take meaningful snaps was the only reason they were so contentious towards his arrival. If I know anything about Bills fans it's that they almost surely would have snuck in some pregame "tackle the Muslim" regardless of who was starting under center for the 49er's. That said, the fact that they were going to have to watch him for the three hours immediately following his "UnAmerican, anti-militaristic shunning of the gosh darned greatest song and flag ever created" certainly didn't make the scene around Ralph Wilson Stadium any less...umm....what's a less derogatory word for 'racist'?
Weird, I really thought a fan base that's become famous for their public acts of indecency would be a little more understanding of a peaceful protest that challenged social norms. I'm not saying that Colin Kaepernick would have been given a warmer reception if he had his tongue up a local's ass as he kneeled during the anthem, but I certainly don't think it could have made things anymore volatile...
Leave it to Buffalo though. No city could have made Colin Kaepernick's point for him quite like a blue collar city that embraces hard work and cheap, poorly made t-shirts that prove the oppression of African Americans is a very real issue that needs to be addressed. Think about that for a second. Someone went out of their way to mass produce insanely prejudice memorabilia because they knew it would sell. I'm not trying to project the actions - or purchases - of the few onto an entire population. However, the fact that even a handful of people bought shirts that, when put together, loosely translate to "stop alluding to the discrimination of your people through your words and actions or we will kill you" should be all you need to see to know that Kaepernick's entire cause is one that's in dire need of support. Thanks Buffalo, the simple-minded assholes that can only see a gesture for what it means to them instead of what it means to the person doing it needed that reality check.
P.S. I do get a self-deprecating chuckle at the idea that somewhere in this country a Kaepernick touchdown pass almost certainly devolved into a knockdown, drag 'em out racial debate that had two parties finish watching the game from separate rooms.
P.P.S. You can almost see the internal battle taking place in this man's head as he gets his jersey signed by Kaepernick...
"Should I tell him I don't like what he's doing? No, no. I can't. Now is not the time or place. But..but...but I'll never get another chance to it. Shit, my wife is going to kill me though. Fuck it, I'll just do it and end with a compliment. Yeah, that'll definitely make me look like less of a dumbass that only got an autograph of a player on an opposing jersey because I didn't want to die without telling that player how I feel about the way in which he chooses to protest something that doesn't even remotely effect me."