The Daily(ish) Review: LA Times Article About Green Beret and Kaepernick
It’s been a while since I’ve done a Daily(ish) Review. I have some big news - I recently tried a switch to Nescafé Clasico Mild. I like it. I think this will be my go to until I come to my senses and stick with getting one cup of really good coffee a day.
Coffee in hand, I scrolled through the LA Times looking for an intriguing article. The Kavanaugh story is the most important thing going, but I need to take a break from that. I couldn’t bear the thought of reading another old white male senator wonder aloud why the accuser was only now coming forward with the claims. We should all be pretty familiar now with the myriad reasons people have for not immediately reporting abuse.
I scrolled further down and found a great article on the relationship between Colin Kaepernick and ex-Green Beret Nate Boyer.
The ex-Green Beret who inspired Colin Kaepernick to kneel instead of sit during the anthem would like to clear a few things up (Sam Farmer, LA Times)
According to Boyer and the article, Boyer wrote an open letter about Kaepernick’s protest for the Army Times. Kaepernick then arranged a meeting with Boyer. They discussed their thoughts on the protest, and Boyer suggested that kneeling would be a better way to go about it than sitting alone on the bench, isolated from his teammates.
I thought it was a great article. I’m admittedly biased since it squares pretty well with my thoughts on the issue. I think people are wrong to have framed it as a protest against America and against the military. It is a peaceful protest calling attention to Kaepernick’s view (shared by many) that we have some very real racial equality problems in America that we too often turn a blind eye to.
I am grateful that we have men and women who patrol the streets day in and day out to keep us safe. We can be grateful to them while still calling on police departments to do a better job of treating everyone equally and fairly. I don’t know how anyone who follows the news can ignore the consistent concerns voiced by people of color (and our fellow Americans) about their interactions with law enforcement.
I read the article pretty quickly. I didn’t see any typos or editing notes. I thought the opening sentence was a little odd, but that’s about it. If anyone’s wondering, I served in the Army. Back in the day, I don’t think I would have met the qualifications for veteran status, but I did wear the uniform for a time. I don’t find Kaepernick’s protest at all offensive.
I do the Daily(ish) Review primarily as a means of keeping my editing/proofreading skills up to speed and to have a place to point people to when I’m going after freelance editing work. I don’t do it to call people out for writing mistakes. Writers and editors are moving so fast to get stories up on multiple flatforms that errors are inevitable.