On Saturday, September 10th, DKE’s chapter at LSU posted a banner in front of the fraternity house. The banner was a humorous political commentary on NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the playing of the National Anthem before a pre-season game.
DKE is one of countless organizations and individuals around the United States who have expressed, in various ways, their disapproval of Kaepernick’s method of protesting his valid concerns about race issues in the U.S. Many of those who disagreed have used humor to express their belief. The famous TV Comedy South Park, hardly a racist show, also made fun of Kaepernick.
Traditional and social media are full of examples of American citizens and groups who disagree with the method Kaepernick chose to express his beliefs. A YouGov poll showed that by a margin of 57-32, those with an opinion disapproved of his method of protest.
DKE’s banner is not a critique of the core message of Kaepernick’s beliefs, but rather, only his manner of protest. It defies reality to suggest that because of the banner, DKE is questioning the seriousness of the issue Kaepernick raises. Any attempt to portray this banner as an attack by DKE on Kaepernick’s beliefs is completely off the mark, and is unfair to DKE.
The fraternity members were using humor to express their disapproval with what they view as Kaepernick’s disrespect of the American Flag and National Anthem, and nothing more.