It’s been several weeks since Colin Kaepernick began protesting the national anthem, and it’s still had to believe that he, of all people, is responsible for sparking a national controversy rooted in social activism.
“I did not expect that, but when I saw the fro, I saw the soul brother,” NFL on CBS analyst Bart Scott said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I saw my brother from another mother, and when he stepped out and he dared to rattle the system, I applaud it.”
Scott was asked if he would ever sit for the national anthem.
“Absolutely,” he said. “If that’s what I was feeling and I had an opportunity to use my voice to provoke change, to spark a conversation, hell yeah I sit down. I’ll sit down with some sunflower seeds.”
It would have been interesting to see how Rodney Harrison would have reacted to Scott joining Kaepernick. After all, Harrison said last month that Kaepernick, who is biracial, is not black enough to lead this kind of protest.
“First of all, who makes Rodney Harrison the (authority on that)?” Scott asked. “Who is anybody to say somebody’s not black enough? Maybe Colin wouldn’t have had to step out if Rodney would have stepped out in Patriot Nation and set down. . . . Rodney Harrison, come on, bro. When you make statements like that, then you empower other people to say stuff like that. I’m saying other races. ‘Oh, he’s not really black. He’s biracial.’ So is Barack Obama not a brother? Is Obama black enough for you?
“I don’t understand that one,” Scott continued, referring to Harrison’s statement. “To me, (Kaepernick is) plenty black. (He was) raised my white adopted parents, so maybe he was protected by some of the things that go on in society and maybe he has had an awakening.”
Scott said he would join Kaepernick in his protest if they were teammates.
“Absolutely,” Scott said. “I’m not going to let my teammate sit alone. None of us are immune to what’s going on in society, and to turn a blind eye is condoning it. So make a stance. A lot of people say, ‘Leave that political stuff off the field.’ Where else are we going to listen? Should he tweet about it? So his 25,000 followers can see it?”
Kaepernick, to be fair, has almost a million followers.
“It don’t matter how many he has,” Scott said. “What’s the most effective way? Work smarter, not harder, right? What’s the most effective way to spark a conversation? America needs to wake up and quit acting like racism doesn’t exist, like classism doesn’t exist, like there’s gender equality. Wake up. Quit lying to ourselves.”