Politics and Sports Are Creating an Ugly War Where No One Wins

Updated on March 4, 2019

Edited by Derek Gutierrez

The culture war continues to get more and more polarized each day. On Sep 5, 2018, Nike posted their ‘Dream Crazy’ ad campaign video on Youtube.

This could have easily been one of the best advertisements campaigns of the past decade. It’s inspiring, it’s ambitious, it energizes the viewer with the can-do attitude that America is known for. Most importantly, it shows actual stories of people in America doing the impossible like Shaquem Griffin, an NFL player who plays with only one hand.

The problem is that the left needs to find some sort of way to make this ad political. They decided to make Colin Kaepernick one of the faces of this campaign. To truly understand the issue, why don't we “take a knee” and look back at the how this all started.

The year is 2017, the San Francisco 49ers are trying to bounce back from a 2–14 season last year. This team was turned from Super Bowl Contenders to the league laughing stock. When you are being compared to the ‘Butt Fumble’ known as the New York Jets, you know things are going bad.

Kaepernick was trying his hardest to stay relevant even though he can’t throw a football even if his life depended on it. On Aug 14, Kaepernick sit down for the national anthem during the game. Sep 1st, he began kneeling. During the 2017 preseason, Kaepernick decided to become “woke” and started articulating about the issues dealing with minorities. He used that as a defense for his actions which is about as effective as the Maginot Line.

The American flag doesn't represent only for the police, it stands for the American country that has saved the world from authoritarianism for generations.

Kaepernick accomplished what Ponce de León couldn't: find the fountain of youth. Kaepernick's lawyer has stated how New England and Oakland are potential teams that Kaepernick can join. This man after adding more fuel to the fire in the culture war is still able to have a job making millions while still complaining about oppression.

The culture war is a war not just fought in the lands of the NFL, it is a war raging in Hollywood, in our schools, and in our homes. Wars may be fought with the sword, but are ended by the pen. If people are able to discuss their opinions and write about their views without the attacks or name calling then we will truly lead to a greater country.

This is a huge problem for the left. When they attack people on the right they always choose to call the person a racist, a sexist and bigoted instead of having actual articulated arguments. It has gotten to the point where rational discussions are a fallacy in today's world. We all should go back and take advice from former President Obama who stated during his farewell address, “Politics is a battle of ideas; in the course of a healthy debate, we'll prioritize different goals and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts; without a willingness to admit new information, and concede that your opponent is making a fair point, and that science and reason matter, we'll keep talking past each other, making common ground and compromise impossible.”

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