Rodney Harrison on Colin Kaepernick: 'He's not black'

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The football world continues to weigh in on Colin Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the national anthem to protest the discrimination faced by people of color in the U.S.

Former NFL safety Rodney Harrison is the latest to comment, and to describe Harrison's take as flaming hot would be a gross understatement.

"I tell you this, I'm a black man. And Colin Kaepernick - he's not black," Harrison said during an interview on iHeartRadio on Tuesday. "He can not understand what I face and what other young black men and black people face, or people of color face, on a every single (day) basis. When you walk in a grocery store, and you might have $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket and you go up in to a Foot Locker and they're looking at you like you about to steal something.

"You know, I don't think he faces those type of things that we face on a daily basis."

Kaepernick was born to a white mother and black father. Whether he qualifies as a person of color isn't really the issue here, and doesn't seem to be in dispute by anyone but Harrison.

Pressed for why his race has any impact on whether he can stand for the cause of racial justice, Harrison doubled down and reasserted that Kaepernick doesn't understand what it means to be black.

"I'm not saying he has to be black, but I'm saying his heart is in the right place, but even with what he's doing, he still doesn't understand the injustices as a black man, or people of color, that's what I'm saying."

Rodney Harrison on Colin Kaepernick: 'He's not black'
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