49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, refused to stand during national anthem due to all of the turmoil going on in the political world.
I recently wrote about the National Anthem’s origin at sports games. In continuing this topic and its relation to the sports world, who would I be without mentioning the one and only Colin Kaepernick? Once recognized as one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, he is now connected to uproar about him taking a knee on the field rather than standing for the anthem.
According to NFL.com, Kaepernick stated his reasoning behind his action:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
This all started at the beginning of the 2016 NFL regular season, around August 2016. According to an article on sbnation.com , his protest had started a few days before he was “caught”. He had gone unnoticed until he was pointed out sitting during the patriotic song at a preseason game. Ever since, he has attracted many haters. However, with the haters, came supporters. Many celebrities and other athletes have joined forces and expressed their appreciation for Kaepernick’s actions.
In my opinion, he’s exercising his right of freedom of speech and expression. There was and still are a lot of things going on in the world that need attention. Protesting is a way of expressing concern and gaining this attention that is needed.
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