But so do actions.
Alex Taunton asked if he should take a knee, too; he decided not.
Kaepernick taking a knee can be a useful symbol—but with what concrete action is he linking it?
As Taunton noted, acts of protest need at least to be connected to the thing protested, they need to be concrete as well as symbolic.
To which I add, acts of protest are not that when all they are are acts of ego.
Read Taunton’s piece at the link above.