NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has stopped standing during the Star Spangled Banner. And Kid Rock doesn’t agree with it.
Kid Rock is an outspoken American. He goes to USO concerts for servicemen and women. At his own concerts, the American flag is almost never absent. He’s proud of his country.
However, Kaepernick is no less of an American, but he has some concerns about today’s society. And he’s decided to kneel for the national anthem when sung before 49ers games:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL media in an interview after the first time he kneeled during the National Anthem.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Many people see this act as disrespectful to the country that’s given him his freedom. Kid Rock, a Detroit native, reacted to the quarterback’s stance.
On Friday, September 9, he made his thoughts known while performing at Fenway Park, which Jason Aldean co-headlined. Specifically, during his patriotic song “Born Free,” he stopped the song to send a message:
“Man, f**k Colin Kaepernick!”
This was followed by loud applause.
See for yourself below (at the 50-second mark):
Kaepernick has yet to respond this Kid Rock, but he spoke with USA Today:
“I don’t want to kneel forever,” Kaepernick said. “I want these things to change. I do know it will be a process, and it is not something that will change overnight. But I think there are some major changes that we can make that are very reasonable.”
On the other hand…
Kid Rock has received his own share of negative buzz — displaying the Confederate flag. The National Action Network’s Michigan chapter (Kid Rock’s home state) demanded via protest that he stop displaying the Southern flag at his concerts, which he has. Back then, he responded by telling Fox News, “Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my ass/Ask me some questions.”
Kid Rock’s publicist states that the rap-to-country star wasn’t displaying the Southern flag at that time.
“They’re protesting something he’s not even doing,” Stern told the Free Press.
But the fact remains, he used to display it — a flag that represents persecution to a lot of US citizens.
“How in the hell can Kid Rock represent Detroit and wave that flag,” a Detroit citizen told Taste of Country. “A flag that represents genocide to most of Detroit.”
So both stars have gotten flak from others under the claim that they’re disrespecting the US. Neither are completely clean, but both are dedicated Americans.
And this whole thing has brought the conversation of race to the forefront. It’s an important — and difficult — conversation that we need to have, and both sides need to respectfully participate.