Rodney Harrison on Colin Kaepernick: ‘He’s Not Black’ (Audio)
Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison is just the latest public figure to speak out on the Colin Kaepernick situation—the one in which the 49ers QB decided to stay seated during the playing of the National Anthem prior to last week’s preseason game.
“I tell you this, I’m a black man. And Colin Kaepernick – he’s not black,” Harrison said during an interview on iHeartRadio on Tuesday. “He can not understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on a every single (day) basis. When you walk in a grocery store, and you might have $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket and you go up in to a Foot Locker and they’re looking at you like you about to steal something.”
“You know, I don’t think he faces those type of things that we face on a daily basis.”
“I’m not saying he has to be black, but I’m saying his heart is in the right place, but even with what he’s doing, he still doesn’t understand the injustices as a black man, or people of color, that’s what I’m saying.”
Kaepernick’s comments from last week regarding why he sat down:
“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 exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “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.”