When Colin Kaepernick chose to remain seated during the Star-Spangled Banner on Friday, he explained afterward that it was largely because he was unhappy with cops killing unarmed black people and getting off with paid leave. Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, he made it very clear that he carries a low opinion of law-enforcement officers and that was the drive behind his protest.
“People of color have been targeted by police,” Kaepernick said. “So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist.”
So really, weeks-old photos surfacing of Kaepernick wearing socks at practice that depict pigs as cops shouldn’t come as surprise, nor should it change anything you’ve been thinking about this situation over the past week.