San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick caused a firestorm when he decided to sit during the national anthem at an NFL preseason game.
A wounded warrior, however, delivered perhaps the most powerful criticism yet of the quarterback.
“Colin Kaepernick, I lost my legs and arm fighting in the U.S. military, the same military that I took an oath to defend our nation and flag from enemies foreign and domestic,” Senior Airman Brian Kolfage wrote on Facebook. “Next time I hear the national anthem, I’ll be sure to stand for the both us, since you feel that you’ve been oppressed.”
“You know NOTHING of what oppression is. Every American has a choice and every opportunity to better their lives, this is America the greatest country on this planet.”
The full text of Kolfage’s Facebook post reads:
Colin Kaepernick I lost my legs and arm fighting in the US military, the same military that I took an oath to defend our nation and flag from enemies foreign and domestic. Next time I hear the national anthem I’ll be sure to stand for the both us since you feel that you’ve been oppressed. We live in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is. Where women are beaten and killed in honor if they are raped, where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60’s, thats just a little taste of what oppression is. You Know NOTHING of what oppression is. Every American has a choice and every opportunity to better their lives, this is America the greatest country on this planet.
The Facebook post has quickly gone viral with more than 26,000 shares and hundreds of comments praising Kolfage’s service and his strong, patriotic stance on the Kaepernick controversy.
Greta Van Susteren talked Monday night with a another heroic veteran, Marine Staff Sgt. Johnny “Joey” Jones, who lost both of his legs in an explosion in Afghanistan in 2010.
Jones, who previously served in Iraq, said he took particular issue with Kaepernick equating the anthem to “supporting oppression.”
“When you sit there and equate my pride in my country to a bigot in some other place … I take issue with that,” he said, acknowledging that the country isn’t perfect and has problems that must be addressed.