It’s stunning how far people will go to trash Colin Kaepernick for protesting the national anthem. One man’s decision to quietly sit or kneel rather than stand with his hand over his heart, borne of a crisis of conscience at the way the mechanisms of power work against African-Americans in this country, produced an ocean of bad takes.
Now, we may have found the worst of them all, and from a truly bizarre place: After authorities apprehended a suspect in the Chelsea bombing of New York City on Saturday, Congressman Lee Zeldin (who represents New York’s 1st District, on the Eastern part of Long Island) tweeted this idiocy:
I feel ashamed even saying this, but Colin Kaepernick and his protest of the national anthem have nothing to do with terrorism! Not only does a swift police apprehension of a suspected terrorist have no relation to their systemic mistreatment of people of color, but Zeldin’s smug “You’re welcome” certainly sounds a lot like him taking credit for the actions of New Jersey police (not even in his district!). At best, it’s nonsense and at worst it’s racist, so you better believe his replies were [fire emoji].
And we hope this parody form gains a few more iterations: