Trump V Kaepernick : What Qualifies An American Leader

1623 Words Sep 9th, 2016 7 Pages
Liam Nouvel
English 1020
Cahill
9/9/16 Trump v Kaepernick: What Qualifies An American Leader A presidential race is a hot enough topic to inspire countless debates, but pair this with another divisive figure attacking social norms, a firestorm of hot takes emerges. In the featured cartoon, drawn by Matt Davies, Donald Trump and Colin Kaepernick are featured telling a group of people the same phrase- ‘America is not great,’ –to vastly different responses. Trump has been featured in the news for several months now amidst the 2016 presidential election while Kaepernick has recently put himself in the center of controversy following his decision to sit during the national anthem before a football game. During their respective times in the spotlight, Trump has often made bold claims to the awe of many whereas Kaepernick has backed his decision to sit during the national anthem by stating “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” (via Bleacher Report), but is still the center of mass hatred. In essence, both of these men have stated, in different words, ‘America is not great’, but the American people only seem to agree with one of them. Via his cartoon, Davies makes a bold statement questioning how the American people pick and choose who they support, follow, and look to for advice. Upon first glance, a viewer who focuses on number-based visuals and solid fact would be disappointed. Davies fails to imply…

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