The San Francisco Police Officers Association Is Demanding An Apology From Colin Kaepernick (Insert Eye Roll Here)
You know, for people of a profession whose job - at least partially - entails determining guilt, police officers aren't all that savvy at knowing how to appear innocent. For ONCE a racially charged protest wasn't all about law enforcement, and San Francisco POA still felt the need to basically indict themselves by demanding an apology. Colin Kaepernick's actions were taken in opposition of oppression as a whole, and the fact that a group of cops thought it was directed specifically at them speaks volumes.
It almost feels like they know that there is a subset of their peers that tend to discriminate against folks of a certain skin color. Why else would they ask an NFL player to say "sorry" as if the entirety of his issue resides with the police force? Colin Kaepernick spoke for what? About 5 minutes? And used maybe 20-30 seconds of that 5 minutes to address the fact that - factually speaking - there are cops getting paid not to work after taking liberties with their authority and costing African Americans their lives in the process? That might not tell the whole story, but that doesn't mean it's not a pretty goddamn important chapter. Colin Kaepernick certainly gave a biased interpretation of things, but it wasn't a completely untrue interpretation.
Sometimes I just wonder how people who immediately judge those who are overly defensive are so quick to become overly defensive. How those who look at aggressive denials as admissions of guilt are just as likely to aggressively deny the truth as the people they place in handcuffs. I respect the shit out of the job that law enforcement does, but they need to realize that some of their colleagues have their flaws. Attempting to argue differently and demanding an apology from someone whose cause - regardless if you agree with how it was carried out - is honorable gives a mighty clear look into the conscience of those whose co-workers (albeit a vast minority of them) have proven to be just a litttttle bit prejudice. This isn't some new phenomenon. The more defiantly you claim guiltlessness the more undesired the effect, so no - apparently the SFPOA doesn't deserve that apology quite yet.