By: Cindy Pasillas
49er quarterback Collin Kaepernick has been all over the media this week and it isn’t for his athletic skills but for a rather controversial topic. Kaepernick made the decision to protest by staying seated during the National Anthem before a game.
He continued his protest on Thursday night but this time he knelt down on one knee, arms crossed, with a very inexpressive face. This time he wasn’t left alone he was joined by Eric Reid and also Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawk’s.
Kaepernick’s protest has a motive which he explained to the NFL media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.”
Due to his actions he received a massive amount of backlash from many Americans including 49er fans, NFL executives, presidential candidate Donald Trump, Rodney Harrison and even his birth mother gave her opinion on the matter in a Twitter rant.
Trump told KIRO radio in Seattle, “I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him.”
A front office executive of the NFL told Bleacher Report “I don’t want him anywhere near my team. He’s a traitor.”
During the broadcast of a local radio show in Houston, NBC football analyst Rodney Harrison even stated, “I tell you this, I’m a black man. And Colin Kaepernick, he’s not black.”
Many people were offended by his choice to not stand during our National Anthem. Some even stated that he was being disrespectful to veterans that have served, but aside from that, Kaepernick did have supporters. The hashtag, #VeteransForKaepernick trended on Twitter. It was a hashtag in which veterans expressed their support for the quarterback.
Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team expressed and demonstrated her support towards Kaepernick and his protest by knelling during the anthem before her game against the Chicago Red Stars.
“It was very intentional. It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now,” Megan stated to American Soccer Now after her game.
She also said “Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future…”
Kaepernick not only had the support of his fellow athletes and Twitter, but President Obama also came to is defense stating that the quarterback was “exercising his constitutional right” by choosing to not stand for the anthem.
So what do you think?
Was Collin Kaepernick wrong in protesting the national anthem?
Did he choose an incorrect or disrespectful form of protesting?
Or is he just trying to get a point across and trying to get America to live up to it’s claims of justice and liberty for all.