Whether you stand with him or not, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has created a conversation. And, among those who he believes need to hear it the loudest, white men.
Somehow through President Trump’s tweets, divisive media coverage, and this past Sunday where nearly 100 professional athletes took a knee during our National Anthem, we seemed to have lost focus of Mr Kaepernicks original intent.
In law intent is everything. In business and police negotiations, goals (or demands) are also everything.
Colin Kaepernick chose to sit on the bench during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
Goals are defined by two measures; first, they need to be well-defined and second, they need to be measurable. Unfortunately, Mr Kaepernick offered neither to a now baffled US public.
How do we measure police brutality? Assuming that Kaepernick plays again in the NFL, what benchmark would make him stand again? What demands would you make? Will others use the Anthem as a platform for other issues of inequity?