Kaepernick’s Protest


Colin Kaepernick is the San Francisco 49ers quarterback. The veteran quarterback has recently been criticized for choosing to sit during the national anthem before the game.

Kaepernick said, “I love America. I love people. I want to help make America better.”

His recent actions are to display his political views on his country not defending African Americans and other people of color.

Kaepernick explained his reasoning as he said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Chip Kelly is the head coach for the San Francisco 49ers, and he supports Colin Kaepernick. Kelly said, “His right as a citizen… it’s not my right to tell him not to do something.”

Former player Jerry Rice, who also played for the 49ers, appreciates Kaepernick taking a stand; however, he does not believe Kaepernick should disrespect the flag.

Current New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz stated, “You’ve got to respect the flag and stand up with your teammates.”

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane joined the protest, as he sat during the national anthem before his preseason game. Colin Kaepernick was joined by teammate Eric Reid, as they both took a knee for the final preseason game instead of standing for the national anthem.

The first week of the season one may see more participants in Colin Kaepernick’s movement. Brandon Marshall, from the Denver Broncos, took a knee during the national anthem on opening night.

On the other hand, the Seattle Seahawks team all stood side by side locking arms for the national anthem.

When President Obama was asked about Colin Kaepernick’s he said, “He’s exercising his constitutional right.”

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