Dear Mr. Kaepernick,

You don’t know me, but I owe you a huge debt of gratitude.  When you took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before a football game, you re-affirmed the ideals that I, and all Americans worthy of the name, live for.  With all the hustle and bustle of our lives, we too often and too long forget our allegiance is not to a flag or an organization, and most certainly not to any particular individual, but to a set of ideals that define our very meaning and that is a polestar to the people of the world.  By that simple action, you reminded us of both the ideals that make us truly American and of how far we have to go to achieve those ideals.

I presume that your own motives in making your statement was to protest the inequality that still exists among the races in the United States, an inequality that is based on mindless bigotry, an inequality completely  out of keeping with our claim to be truly a land of the free.  You should know, however, that your action has caused us to reflect on the many ways that we fail to follow the Americana ideals of equal birth and inalienable rights.  You action points out the unfairness of gender discrimination, religious discrimination and economic discrimination.

While I am sure you are not penniless, your action has caused you serious economic harm, and I congratulate you for not once complaining about that fact.  Far more, though, I am also sure that you are aware that your fellow athletes joined arms in the unity of the renewed pledge to pursue the American ideal.  You have even brought owners and executives of your industry onto the field to join in that expression.  That is one amazing accomplishment, and I applaud you for it.

I am a football fan, and I hope you will return to display your enormous talents once again on the football field.  I am also a Green Bay Packers fan, so I also hope that you do that with a team that does not play the Packers.  I will however, and quite seriously, be forever grateful to you for showing us that our lives are much more meaningful than just our own selfish pursuits.

All the best,

A Fellow American

















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