Did You Like The Opinion President Obama Shared When He Was Asked About The Colin Kaepernick Controversy?
In recent weeks, President Obama has very briefly touched on his opinions on the Colin Kaepernick controversy. He has talked about how he believes the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has the right to kneel during the national anthem and suggested that he hopes it brings some awareness to issues like police brutality and social injustices. But during a town hall meeting on Wednesday night, President Obama was asked to speak further about the topic, and rather than support one side or the other, he spoke about how he thinks it’s important for “everybody to listen to each other.” From the sound of things, he’s not necessarily for or against Kaepernick taking a stand—or in this case, a knee—and he just wants it to create a healthy conversation.
“I believe that us honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation,” President Obama said. “But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion…The test to our fidelity to our Constitution, to freedom of speech, to our Bill of Rights, is not when it’s easy, but when it’s hard. We fight sometimes so that people can do things that we disagree with…As long as they’re doing it within the law, then we can voice our opinion objecting to it but it’s also their right.”
President Obama also touched on how he hopes those protesting the national anthem understand why some people are offended by it. “I want them to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing,” President Obama said. “But I also want people to think about the pain he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.”
Some people were upset with President Obama’s take on the situation. Because he didn’t really pick a clear side, both sides ended up being upset with his comments. But that may actually mean that he said the right thing here. Rather than really setting one side off, he took the time to be considerate and thoughtful with his answer. And really, isn’t that what we all should be doing with regards to Kaepernick?
Do you think President Obama said the right thing during the town hall meeting, or do you think he should have taken more of a stand?