Colin Kaepernick on not voting: Result of election changes nothing

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Colin Kaepernick admitted he wasn’t voting, but when asked to expound on that decision, said he didn’t think it mattered which candidate won the presidential election.

But he’s already made it clear he didn’t agree with Donald Trump, who criticized his national anthem protest months before the election.

Via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com, Kaepernick said during a conference call with Arizona reporters that he didn’t follow the election results very closely Tuesday night.

“I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole,” Kaepernick said. “So, for me, it’s another face that’s going to be the face of that system of oppression.

“And to me, it didn’t really matter who went in there. The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color.”

While there’s no mention of Hillary Clinton remarking on his protest (vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said he supported Kaepernick), there were words between Donald Trump and the 49ers quarterback.

“I think it’s personally not a good thing. I think it’s a terrible thing,” Trump said in August during a radio interview on Seattle’s KIRO. “And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.”

Asked for a response in September, Kaepernick unloaded on both candidates.

“That’s a very ignorant statement, that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here, that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all, that you should leave the country,” Kaepernick said. “He always says, ‘Make America great again.’ Well, America has never been great for people of color, and that’s something that needs to be addressed. Let’s make America great for the first time. . . .

“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates. Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, ‘You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.'”

Kaepernick’s certainly entitled to ignore his right to vote, nearly half of the country did. But even if he didn’t support either candidate, there were many down-ballot measures which would seemingly be of interest to someone fighting for racial equality, including California votes regarding education, health care, parole for nonviolent felons, the death penalty and many others.

66 responses to “Colin Kaepernick on not voting: Result of election changes nothing

  1. I am a man of color…under 30 years old…a multimillionaire. I am oppressed.

    Some how the whole thing rings hollow.

  2. “To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates. Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, ‘You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.’”
    ———–
    He is absolutely 100% correct about that. Every 4 years the candidates get more and more extreme.

    Just ask yourself this, If we are so great how come we have NEVER had two opposing candidates that are both so good we can’t chose between which one is better? Reality has been the exact opposite of that.

  3. He doesn’t care. It’s just a publicity stunt as many stated from the beginning. He should either start doing something or get out of the way of those who are actually working to try to make things better.

  4. Ugh, now I feel dumb for defending this guy (while I disagreed with him, it was his constitutional right to protest, and peacefully protest to boot). But if he really cared about change, he would have also expressed his really only way to change things – by voting! His heart may be in right place, but his head is up his a**.

  5. Kaepernick is an ignorant fool. If you want to see oppression go visit Asian countries, African countries, the Middle East countries, and some countries in Europe. There you will see true oppression. America isn’t perfect but it gives you every opportunity to be successful at something to provide for you and your family.

  6. There were more than 2 candidates on the ballot in addition to a write in space. BTW, no one is required to select someone for every office on the ballot, choosing none of the above also makes a statement all it’s own. In addition to selecting a US senator there were referendum questions that impact the subjects supposedly near and dear to his heart including criminal sentencing, the legalization of pot, schools, transparency of legislative bills, firearms…

    Couch it in whatever terms you like but as a self selected citizen advocate for social change he failed the most basic obligation of that citizenship and destroyed his voice as a credible one. Of course a complete lack of credibility never stopped him before but the hope was the media would realize how preposterous giving this fraud a platform is.

  7. Stephen A Smith is right.

    He’s a coward and a fool.

    He became a voice of social activism. He wanted change. And then he refused his opportunity to make change, and announced it to the world, inspiring other spoiled immature millenials to do the same dumb thing.

    Screw you Kaep. All the harm this dangerous egomaniac is about to do to the country is on YOUR shoulders now, and every other spoiled baby just like you.

    And it’s a nice SCREW YOU to obama too. Because cheeto jesus is about to undo everything obama accomplished.

  8. “I am a man of color…under 30 years old…a multimillionaire. I am oppressed.

    Some how the whole thing rings hollow.”

    That doesn’t ring hollow. Rich men, if they are decent human beings, can still recognize oppression in society and fight to change it.

    What rings hollow is him taking a stand to fight for CHANGE and then refusing to use his opportunity to CHANGE anything.

  9. Dear Colin, one question for you. If people of color are so oppressed then why do many of them become successful and it’s not just the ones born into money and success? There are many who strive to succeed and do succeed?

  10. What I think is ironic from the outside looking in, is the willingness to blindly follow the Dem party by the black community. There are black conservatives, but the overwhelming majority vote Dem.

    But think about the issues facing the black community. The leaders of these black communities are almost exclusively Dem. Election after election after election after election the black community elects Dems. And year after year after year after year the black community has the same complaints. The schools are no good. The community has no money. There are no jobs available. So on and so on and so on.

    Disclaimer, I am not saying Republicans are the answer or that they can solve the problem, I personally think the only ones who can solve the problems are the ones living the problems. But its easier to talk than it is to act, so the problems never really get fixed. Anyways, back to my point. If you vote Dem EVERY single time, and it never gets better, at what point do you think to yourself, gee, maybe I should try voting the other way and see if that helps. If voting Dem was really in your best interest, the issues facing black people in the inner city would have been fixed by now… From the outside looking in, the Dem leaders have created a system of keeping you down, while promising to pick you up, all you have to do is vote Dem and they will come to your rescue…next time….oh well next time….next time, we really mean it this time…

  11. So this champion of the oppressed couldn’t even be bothered to vote when there was a ballot question in his state that would have made it harder for ‘the man’ to charge juveniles as adults, potentially cut down on time served and provide greater opportunity for early release? Because the result wouldn’t change anything?

    Fraud

  12. Actions speak louder than words and your lack of action in voting proves what a fraud you really are. I used to think he’s just an idiot. Now, I won’t even bother thinking about him or his pathetic team which used to be a very good franchise. Now they might as well be the Browns. Although, I respect Browns players much more.

  13. I want to offer Kaepernick a personal “thank you”. Because of what he did and what he got others to do, he made people I know who weren’t even going to vote say they’ve had enough of this crap and they got out and voted.
    So thanks for helping us elect Donald Trump, Kap!! I voted for him so we can begin to deal with people like you and I am so grateful for you helping him win!!
    Hang around for four more years so you can help Trump get re-elected!!!

  14. He just wants to sustain his position and reinforce he wants to make the statement but do nothing about it, including WORKING for change. I can understand not voting for either candidate for President. But he missed his chance to elect non-Federal positions that can influence change like the State and local level that were also on the ballot plus any initiatives, etc. Besides, there were five other candidates on the ballot plus a spot to write in anyone he wanted. But I suppose if you don’t vote, you don’t see that. His attitude of it doesn’t matter adds up to his other attitude of I’ll bitch about it but won’t do anything about it.

  15. This entitled DB does not have a clue what oppression means. My niece works in places like Sudan trying to help their Civil War between the Christians and the Muslims. There is real oppression there. This guy is a joke and needs to be ignored.

  16. Kapernick is symbolic of these phony protests last night. The protests were not organic and were professionally organized. I bet you the majority of those protesting last night did not even vote just like Kapernick. All form and no substance

  17. Anyone who lives in a state where Republicans control the executive and legislative (and soon the judicial) could tell him it makes a world of very very bad difference. People who say it doesn’t matter are too stupid to be allowed to vote, but I sure wish they’d smarten up.

  18. Listening to this moron lecture us is like listening to a kindergartner talk about calculus. Completely uneducated to the point of barely coherent. Couldn’t hold a decent conversation with Elmo’s pet goldfish Dorothy.

  19. Lack of education is what causes oppression. Study hard, get a degree, and plenty of doors will open for people of all colors. And if studying isn’t your thing, get some skills at a technical college – plenty of jobs open to everyone.

  20. If you don’t vote, then don’t bitch. You lost every bit of validity for your cause by not voting. Instead of this cross you chose to bear maybe you should concentrate more on football because lately in case you haven’t noticed – You Still Suck.

  21. Kaps ignorance is rich. Trumps election means EVERYTHING to his terrorist BLM movement.

    Do you really think President Trump is going to give props to these groups that target our police officers, like obama did? Can you imagine whats going to happen the next time they start one of their riots as they protest the latest “victim” (who usually is armed, not listening to the police and threatening people)

    wow. Bring it on BLM. Let’s see how this works out for you.

    Law And Order Won the Election. We Support Our Police!

  22. The Props and local representatives have a much greater chance to change your life than whichever candidate wins the Presidency.

    But Colin doesn’t care about that cause he doesn’t want to help change, he just wants to bitch and moan.

    If you don’t vote it proves to me that you don’t care.

  23. buckyfan1965 says:
    Nov 10, 2016 11:41 AM
    Lack of education is what causes oppression. Study hard, get a degree, and plenty of doors will open for people of all colors. And if studying isn’t your thing, get some skills at a technical college – plenty of jobs open to everyone.
    =======

    but.. that isnt a free handout based on race or gender?? it almost looks like personal responsibility! how could that possibly work???

  24. I support Kap doing the hard thing (could have said nothing and took his money and party) he is trying to draw attention to something he thinks needs to be fixed. He has said over and over this isn’t for him it is for others. He lost endorsements and gave money I respect that too.

    I get not thinking either president will fix the issues but I personally find it frustrating that a person who claims he needs change isn’t voting on a single thing.

  25. Nuts to you Kaepernick
    Millions of us don’t care about your feelings of persecution.
    Shut up.
    Hey NFL. Stop allowing these scum a platform to vent.
    NFL is a sports league.Not a bleeding heart platform

  26. This is the excuse of most people who don’t accomplish anything. They claim someone else is oppressing them. When they are presented an opportunity but they have to make some effort or sacrifice, they do nothing. Then they whine and blame others again.

    Nothing will change for the fake-oppressed people until they help themselves.

    We finally have a president who will give incentives for trying to better your life. Instead of protesting, these people should be celebrating. We are all guaranteed the pursuit of happiness, not happiness from someone else’s effort.

  27. “Dear Colin, one question for you. If people of color are so oppressed then why do many of them become successful and it’s not just the ones born into money and success? There are many who strive to succeed and do succeed?”

    Nothing says privilege by being blind to the suffering of others. Shut up. You’re making white people look bad. Just like trump.

  28. “Lack of education is what causes oppression.”

    Lack of education is also the RESULT of oppression. There’s a reason republicans refuse to fund the schools. America is finally dumb enough to elect a Trump.

  29. “I’ve been very disconnected from the systematic oppression”

    Hard to be connected when you’re multi-millionaire living in a mansion and traveling by private jet.

  30. If he doesn’t believe things can ever change in America, then why stay?

    Why would he continue to allow himself to be oppressed based upon race? He’s clearly amassed enough money in his life to live where ever he wanted.

    There are plenty nations in Africa where those evil whites are the minority, then again those tend to be war torn nations. There’s always Mexico, The Middle East, Europe, Japan.

    If you hate it here and don’t believe it can be fixed, why not just leave?

  31. So the leader of this country doesnt matter, but raising awareness for an issue that everyone is already aware of is important?

    Maybe hes just lazy. Too lazy to stand during national anthem, too lazy to vote.

  32. Systematic Opression? Did I just wake up in Cuba or Russia this morning? Are we in the Middle East? Did they redraw the map of the world? Is this Egpty across state lines? Still waiting for the chosen one to scratch off that check he promised.

  33. “Systematic Opression?”

    Let me clue you in dummy. Just because something didn’t effect YOU, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

    I don’t have lung cancer. But that doesn’t make me say it isn’t real.

  34. Going into the elxn, Brady and Belly were supporting Trump (shyly of course) whereas Squid was trashing Donald. We should have known the outcome right then and there. 7-1 vs. 1-7, where does the smart money go?

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