Not only did the institution of slavery and that which followed do a number, so to speak, on African Americans and other people of color, it also did a number on some “white” Americans by leading them to a false belief that they were/are inherently superior to others. Such is often coupled with denials used as a defense mechanism against truth.
Perhaps, if the country had honored its purported creed: “We hold these truths to be self evident” there would not have been the need for Colin Kaepernick and others to become engaged in the fight for civil rights for “self” determination and remind the nation of what Americans purport to hold dear.
Speaking to others about their human rights abuses is like the parable of the straw in another’s eye but not the beam in one’s own eye.
Until this country does right by African Americans, there will always be a need for a Colin Kaepernick. Perhaps, it is Mr. Kaepernick who has the greater understanding and the deeper belief in what the flag represents.
Charlie Moore, Orange Cove