What does sacrifice mean to you? According to Nike, Colin Kaepernick, who refuses to stand for the flag, fulfills at least one version of the definition. A new campaign featuring the football player reads, “believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything,” and that has Sean Hannity from Fox News — and a long list of other people — hopping mad.
• Nike’s new campaign suggests that Kaepernick is suffering for his decision to kneel during the national anthem. It’s a weak attempt to denote that the football player has somehow lost out by standing up against what he perceives as police brutality and racism.
• But it’s difficult to see how Kaepernick’s actions do anything but inflame and incite hate. Wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs. Refusing to show patriotism for our country. Wearing t-shirts supporting Fidel Castro, an enemy of America and fierce communist dictator, at practices. Kaepernick comes across as more of a shock value teenager than someone really trying to enact change.
• That’s exactly what drove Sean Hannity to put his foot down in the first place. In a respect-worthy video rebuttal. The newscaster says what many of our veterans and first responders have been saying all along: sacrifice is “not a multimillionaire, social justice warrior whose greatest feat of bravery is kneeling on a football field and wearing those socks against our police officers.”
• Hannity also does an excellent job of reminding us where true sacrifice really does exist: “on the ground in Afghanistan,” in our police forces, in our firemen and fire houses, and most certainly “in graveyards all around the world from Normandy, to the Pacific, from Vietnam to Korea.”
• We choose to share Sean Hannity’s words with you here today, on United Voice, because we truly believe they are an important reminder. America has come so far over the last 50 years. Yet, it seems like the further away from World War II we get, the more people forget where true sacrifice happens.
• Our police forces, firemen, and soldiers don’t just sacrifice a bit of jeering while they make millions for playing a game. They continue to lay down their lives, every single day, even now – keeping our country and our homes safe. In Hannity’s own words, there has to be a better hero to pick than a “Castro-loving American, a cop-hating, ex- three-year backup quarterback.”