Rodney Harrison appeared on “The Proper Gentlemen of Sports” show on Houston’s SportsTalk 790 on Tuesday morning to talk about Colin Kaepernick. Harrison said he thought Kaepernick’s heart was in the right place, but then espoused that Kaepernick doesn’t know what it’s like to be black.
“Colin Kaepernick, he’s not black, OK? He cannot understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face or people of color face on an every single basis.”
This seems like an odd point to try and make. Kaepernick was raised by a white family and his biological mother is white, but his biological father is black. (President Obama also has a black father and white mother.) We’ve seen some examples in the past of media members criticizing Kaepernick for tattoos or backwards hats and those criticisms have been met with cries of racism. You’d have to ask Kaepernick if at any point in the last 28 years he’s been treated like he’s black at the grocery store or Foot Locker or anywhere else.