Got two direct comments to the blog. The first one came from Anonymous #1. Then the reply to that comment came from Anonymous #2. This post ends with my own comment to Anonymous #1.
Dear Anonymous #1 -- Not sure how much of your comment is an actual Bomani Jones quote, but I'm pretty sure that, on principle, Jones supports Kaepernick. Check out this video clip where Bomani Jones says that Kaepernick's "statement is in his words, not his actions."
Let's examine some parts of your comment:
Kaepernick's stand "won't change the world." Are we to do only what changes the world? What would that be and how do we do it?
Muhammad Ali's stand did nothing? Really? Name the last time we had a military draft.
"History" requires reflection and the passage of time for an accurate assessment. "Real time" is right now. It's transitory. It's a Trump tweet. It's reactive, not contemplative. History lasts. Real time doesn't.
"Widening the divisions" is your impression, an opinion not shared by all. Many in the black and Hispanic communities are in fact coming together in agreement with Kaepernick's message.
"It won't have an impact." Wrong. Certainly it's already had an impact in "real time." We'll have to wait and see about any historical resonance.
Now let's be clear. In a form of activism, Colin Kaepernick acted and spoke out against racism and police brutality. You say:
"He chose the wrong path." Describe in detail the right path.
"Do something positive." Such as? And are you so sure that Kaepernick was negative?
"Bring people together." Fine. How?
"There are better ways." Give us some examples.
Your comment still boils down to not liking the message. You're tired of the repeated reminders of American racism, and believe it's divisive and counterproductive. But happy talk and wishing the problem away has never been a solution. And if anyone ought to be tired of racism, it's African-Americans. They dealt with it personally for the past 400 years. If anyone knows about divisiveness, it's them.
Slavery was one of our great societal sins. Racism continues to this day -- it's embedded in our social fabric. We've made progress, no doubt. There is much more work to be done. That's why Colin Kaepernick (and so many others) keep bringing the message to our attention.
Sorry for the inconvenience.