Everybody not living under a rock has weighed in on Colin Kaepernick after the San Francisco 49ers quarterback decided to sit down during the national anthem last week.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton provided his thoughts on the matter on Thursday.
“Who am I to say that it’s wrong? Who am I to say that it’s right? Either or, it’s still personal,” Newton said on ESPN.
The reigning NFL MVP then opened up about a bigger issue that still plagues America.
“What I can’t fathom is, how does one-eighth of an inch — something so small — become the difference and such a big commodity of our whole lifetime. And that’s the thickness of our skin, one-eighth of an inch,” Newton said. “Under that, we’re all the same color, and that’s the big picture. A lot of scrutiny happens when an athlete starts talking about race, but the truth of the matter is we’ve just got to do right by each other, no matter what color you are. Certain things that have happened in our lifetime, it is kind of embarrassing to be affiliated with, but it still happens. Who am I to say, ‘Colin, you’re wrong’? And who am I to say, ‘Bro, you’re right’? Because we all have the right to think what we want to think, and I respect that about everybody.”
The quarterback’s statement is a mature and intellectual response to the underlying issue that resulted in Kaepernick sitting down during the national anthem.
There have been plenty of conversation about whether Kaepernick was right or wrong. However, less focus has been put on the reasoning behind Kaepernick’s decision.
Perhaps Newton did his best to shed light on that.