Popovich On Kaepernick Is Interesting Reading

Posted: September 29, 2016 in News, Opinion
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Nov 7, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich reacts during the second half against the Charlotte Hornets at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY SportsWe’ve all read the commentary regarding Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the National Anthem as a protest against the police and their treatment of African-Americans in the United States. I read a lot of comments along the lines of “Leave the country if you don’t like it!” which seems to be a bit of an hysterical reaction but hey, it’s America, we’re all entitled to our opinion. Wait . . .

Maybe “hypocritical” would explain that stance better.

Anyway, Coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was asked his opinion of the whole controversy, and I thought his insight was interesting.

“I absolutely understand why they’re doing what they’re doing, and I respect their courage for what they’ve done. The question is whether it will do any good or not because it seems that change really seems to happen through political pressure, no matter how you look at it. Whether it’s Dr. King getting large groups together and boycotting buses, or what’s happened in Carolina with the NBA and other organizations pulling events to make it known what’s going on. But I think the important thing that Kaepernick and others have done is to keep it in the conversation. When’s the last time you heard the name Michael Brown? With our 24/7 news, things seem to drift. We’re all trying to just exist and survive.

“It’s easier for white people because we haven’t lived that experience. It’s difficult for many white people to understand the day-to-day feeling that many black people have to deal with. It’s not just a rogue policeman, or a policeman exerting too much force or power, when we know that most of the police are just trying to do their job, which is very difficult. I’d be scared to death if I was a policeman and I stopped a car. You just don’t know what’s going to happen. And part of that in our country is exacerbated by the preponderance of guns that other countries don’t have to deal with. It gets very complicated.

“At this point, when somebody like Kaepernick brings attention to this, and others who have, it makes people have to face the issue because it’s too easy to let it go because it’s not their daily experience. If it’s not your daily experience, you don’t understand it. I didn’t talk to my kids about how to act in front of a policeman when you get stopped. I didn’t have to do that. All of my black friends have done that. There’s something that’s wrong about that, and we all know that. What’s the solution? Nobody has figured it out. But for sure, the conversation has to stay fresh, it has to stay continuous, it has to be persistent, and we all have a responsibility to make sure that happens in our communities.”

Agree or not, it’s refreshing to see a professional head coach with an opinion. Thoughts?

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