Dr. Richard Kyte's The Ethical Life column in the Oct. 7 Tribune, headlined "Are we teaching citizenship?" drew valid critiques on the Tribune's Facebook page.
Commenters rightly pointed out, among other things, that acts of protest (often denigrated in their own times) were crucial in bringing about positive change in our country, and that calling for justice for all is the opposite of "placing one's own concerns first."
The piece also fails to address the following: That there is a historical and ongoing lack of access for minority groups to sanctioned means of effecting change, such as through political power; that more local, less visible forms of protest that are not televised live to audiences of millions are frequently ignored, dismissed, even suppressed.
In addition, what bothered me about the piece were several presumptions (implicitly negative) about the lives and communities of the players who joined Colin Kaepernick's protest -- communities where "rituals had been abandoned," where there was "a great void in what should have been rich social networks of mutual accountability."
These players are talented, accomplished individuals whose lives, families and communities I wonder if Dr. Kyte really knows anything about.
His presumptions seem to further imply the superior health and happiness and of a certain kind of family and community -- maybe a "Leave It to Beaver" version of the ideal American family?
At any rate, I approve of what Kaepernick did. If history is a guide, the fact that so many people have objected to it is probably a good sign that he was right on the mark.
Kathy Casper, La Crosse