Of course: Virginia Beach restaurant owner called racist for taping Colin Kaepernick jersey to floor

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Wednesday September 28th, 2016

Some protests are more worthy than others, apparently.

We must respect Colin Kaepernick's protest against the national anthem, we are told, because the right to protest is sacred and never to be questioned, and the last thing we should ever do is turn some inanimate piece of cloth into an idol that's more important than our right to express our true feelings.

Remember: American flag = mere piece of cloth. Not sacred. Not entitled to respect. In fact, the refusal to stand for it is entitled to the ultimate in respect. Get it straight.

So then, if the American flag is a mere piece of cloth and nothing is more sacred than the right to disrespect a piece of cloth as a way of making your protest of whatever known to all the world, surely we would apply the same logic to, say, a Colin Kaepernick jersey, no?

Ha ha ha ha! Of course not, sillies. Diss the Kaepernick threads, and you know damn well what you are:

A restaurant in Virginia Beach has come under fire for using a Colin Kaepernick jersey as a doormat.

On Saturday, James Perry, who lives in the area, went to Krossroads Rock and Country Bar in the Pleasant Valley Shopping Center Thursday and saw the jersey taped to the ground at the front entrance.

He told FoxNews.com that he was shocked and “thought it was a joke.”

The general manager of the restaurant told FOX 8 that using the jersey as a doormat was in response to the football player’s alleged disrespect of the flag and “sportsmanship”—not the man himself or a comment on his race.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has sparked a national debate on free speech by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem before games. Kaepernick says he is kneeling in protest of police and systemic oppression against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

Since Kaepernick began his anthem protest, his jersey is flying off the shelves-- it's currently the fifth bestselling jersey on NFL.com. But maybe it's moving for the wrong reasons. 

Perry, however, called the act of using the jersey as a stomping mat “racist” and is calling for a boycott of the bar. He posted a picture of taped-down jersey which has since been shared over 5,800 times on the social media platform. He says Krossroads has now lost a loyal customer.

Rhetorical question, perhaps, but is it actually possible to lose a "loyal customer"?

More to the point, I seriously wonder if racism (not the actual thing but the left's use of it as a political and societal bludgeon) is very close to jumping the shark - with incidents like this serving as the perfect manifestation of why.

Anyone with a brain in their head, or an ounce of honesty in their spirit, knows that the protest against Kaepernick is over what he's doing, not the color of his skin. If the protest was racist it would make just as much sense to tape a LeBron James jersey to the floor. Hey! James is black. That's all a racist cares about, right? The fact that he stands for the national anthem should be irrelevant.

But the charge of racism is so easy and cheap to toss out there, it's the first resort of those who simply want to marginalize opposing points of view rather than have serious discussions about things that are happening and what they really mean.

I also think it's crucial to point out, as I do every time this comes up, that the issue with Kaepernick is not standing, sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. I choose to be respectful during that moment and I believe that's the right thing for every American to do, but he Kaepernick wants to be disrespectful, he's not important enough for me to care. The problem with Kaepernick is his continued slander of America's police officers as racist brutalizers - and here we come back again to the real problem.

Kaepernick and those of his ilk have turned the national anthem, one of the few things in this country that still united us until recently, into a subject of racial and political division, and in the process they have perpetuated a contemptible falsehood about our law enforcement officers. For that, his jersey deserves to be used as a doormat. My only problem with it is that the logos of every media outlet that likewise pushes the racist-cop narrative isn't on that floor too.

But there's lots more room.

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