Charlottean to Kaepernick: You insult those who love this country

Colin Kaepernick speaks during a press conference after a game in San Diego on Thursday.
Colin Kaepernick speaks during a press conference after a game in San Diego on Thursday. Getty Images

An open letter from Charlotte resident Nora Hunt Kuester to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick:

Dear Mr. Kaepernick:

I am married to an old Marine. My son is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army; he did three tours in Iraq. My son-in-law is a sergeant with our Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. These men have worked, and continue to work, to ensure your right to insult the national anthem and the flag, thereby insulting them and all Americans who love this country and respect its flag.

Mr. Kaepernick, you are supporting a group that chants, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.” “What do we want?” “Dead Cops.” “When do we want it?” “NOW!” Tell me please, who has said black lives don’t matter? Yet to this group, black lives are the only lives that matter and woe be to anyone who has the temerity to say otherwise. Surely Doctor Martin Luther King is turning over in his grave.

I do not understand this racial divide because honestly, there is no need for it. Look around at today’s America. What do you see? You see blacks and whites getting along! Look at our military, our police departments, our first responders, corporate America, our hospitals, airports, on and on. Look at the increase in mixed-race marriages. And yet, as is so often the case, a minority of our population is bent on destroying that good will. Why? I surely don’t have the answer. I do know, however, that your display of disrespect is not helping.

I have read that you wish to educate yourself about slavery and I encourage you to do just that. It is a horrifying and evil history and it continues to this very day. You will discover there is plenty of blame to go around and it cannot all be placed upon the backs of the white community.

Finally, a question. If you ever find yourself in fear for your life, who will you call for help? Black Lives Matter? The New Black Panthers? Jesse Jackson? Al Sharpton? I think not. No. You will dial three numbers: 9-1-1. When asked which emergency service you need, you will respond, “POLICE!” I ask you to give that some thought when next you sit for the playing of our national anthem and the flying of our flag.

Yours, in hope,  

Nora H. Kuester