It's been a while since Dr. Ben Carson said something puzzling on live TV, but he finally came through with a misinformed take on former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other black NFL players who chose to kneel for the national anthem. In an interview on CNN with Jake Tapper, Carson claims that Kaepernick and those who subscribed to his ideology wouldn't be vilified if they just said that they loved America.
Not only does this point make little sense, but it's already been proven wrong, as we saw during the early stages of Kaepernick's movement.
In 2016, Kaepernick literally took care of these concerns (or should've, anyway) by saying the exact phrase, "I love America," adding, "I love people. That's why I'm doing this. I want to help make America better."
Even though he said clear as day that this is all advocacy and not some anti-American hate parade, he was still vilified by a large chunk of society -- Carson included, as the good doctor clearly refused to hear him out or forgot about all of this.
Carson's take would be ridiculous even if Kaepernick hadn't publicly advocated for this country and the American people. The fact that he did so, and has still been vilified, demonstrably proves Carson's point wrong.