In the latest example of the ongoing Cultural Wars, Colin Kaepernick is not finding an NFL Team because his hair style is more Afro Slay then the Crew Cut required to play? Apparently if that is true it would be just fine with Michael Vick.
Michael Vick believes Colin Kaepernick can reverse his job fortunes by cutting his hair.
In case you have been living under a rock for the last decade or two, Michael Vick is the former Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback that was convicted among other things of running a dog fighting kennel. He said that Kaepernick should incorporate a “clean-cut” demeanor and be more “presentable” if he thinks he is going to play in the NFL next year, and should get rid of his Afro and the cornrows. Those would be Boxer Braids if you are more comfortable with the culturally appropriated term that the U.S. media has begun using.
“The reason he’s not playing has nothing to do with the national anthem, it’s more solely on his play,” Vick said on Fox Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself. “But yeah, everything takes precedent, in terms of image, perception.”
Kaepernick, who, also in case you have been living under a rock, led San Francisco to Super Bowl XLVII before the league peek the whole card to his running-and-passing stunts, optioned out of his contract with the 49ers in March of this year, but has remained unsigned by any other NFL team, having received little interest from teams around the league.
Hold the presses. In the last couple of days, the Ravens expressed some interest in bringing Colin on board, but their fans have appeared to poo-poo that idea before it even got off the ground. Never mind Ravens management says they may still consider presenting Colin with an offer later on despite the fans objections. For his part Colin has said he is very interesting in playing for the Ravens and thinks they would be a great fit for his playing style.
One NFL player, namely Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, believes he is being discriminated against by NFL teams for his political protest in the 2016 season, and this may well be true given that the currently leader of the free world, Donald Trump, said as much in one of his more infamous tweets, all but daring any NFL team to sign him. What he could do if any team actually did sign Colin, except for the feared nasty tweet, is left for the world to guess. If it’s anything like any of his previous treats one would think there isn’t much to worry about, so let’s hope that a nasty Donald tweet isn’t what is holding the Ravens management back from extending Colin an offer. After all tweeting doesn’t a policy or plan make as evidenced by the U.S. Military’s response to the latest off the cuff tweet from the Donald meant to ban Transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military. We shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for any coherent plan or policy to emanate from the walls of the Chaos Presidency’s White House.
Vick, the 4-time Pro Bowl quarterback whose career was so infamously interrupted by that conviction for his master minding an illegal interstate dog-fighting ring, expressed he was speaking from his own personal experience. After nearly 2 years located in Leavenworth federal penitentiary in Kansas, he played 5 years for the Eagles and had backup runs with the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring in February. Colin apparently thinks this has something to do with the formulation of his opinion in this matter, but from an incarcerated individual’s point of view in the larger context of the Afro American experience as victims. More about that later.
“First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair,” Vick said on Monday. “Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there. I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”
Kaepernick took objection to Vick’s remarks without mentioning him by name, tweeting the definition to the Stockholm Syndrome defined here by Wikipedia as:
“Stockholm syndrome (sometimes erroneously referred to as Helsinki syndrome) is a condition that causes hostages to develop a psychological alliance with their captors as a survival strategy during captivity. These feelings, resulting from a bond formed between captor and captives during intimate time spent together, are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims. Generally speaking, Stockholm syndrome consists of “strong emotional ties that develop between two persons where one person intermittently harasses, beats, threatens, abuses, or intimidates the other.” The FBI’s Hostage Barricade Database System shows that roughly eight percent of victims show evidence of Stockholm syndrome.”
The 29-year-old Colin completed 59.2% of his passes, averaged 6.8 yards per passing attempt and threw sixteen touchdowns with only four interceptions in 12 games for the Niners in the 2016 season. However, his refusal to stand for the national anthem, in protest of police brutality and racial injustice and in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, became a bigger story than his on-field performance.
Colin Kaepernick has since said he will stand for the anthem next year because his goal for the protest was to start a nationwide debate, and that has largely been achieved.
Vick is rightly being criticized for his stance, which is but the latest example of an African-American athlete being told to conform the Conservative’s norms of appearance in the ongoing Culture War that is currently in part being fueled in the United States, and the world for that matter, by the Chaos Presidency of Donald Trump.
To his credit, Michael Vick later issued an apology, which Colin has yet to acknowledge he accepts.