By Truth Teller
American professional football player, Colin Kaepernick is getting all kinds of heat from US citizens because he has decided to sit down during the playing of the country’s national anthem prior to his team’s football games.
Kaepernick, a member of the San Francisco 49ers stated,“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.”
The mainstream media has kept many of Kaepernick’s comments out of the headlines while continuing to make this story about the oppression of people of color. While that subject is definitely a part of the athlete’s reason for protesting, it’s certainly not the entire story.
Kaepernick is very passionate about his position and feels that sitting during the playing of the national anthem is his way to stand for something that is very important. The quarterback also went on to state, “You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids super predators, you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist. We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?”
He makes a damn good point. Sure, America is a great country and citizens in the United States can openly protest when they believe something is unfair and justice is not being upheld for all citizens. In some other countries you would be thrown in jail or executed for doing what Kaepernick has done. But that’s the unique and great thing about America, you can protest things that you disagree with. Protesting is what allows conversations to begin rolling and conversations that are rolling can potentially bring about change that would otherwise never materialize.
Many people claim that what Kaepernick is doing shows disrespect for the US military and to all of those people that have given their lives for the American flag. I have to disagree. I think that what our government has done by allowing Hillary Clinton to slip through the system after trading state secrets for money and divulging classified information to our enemies is disrespectful to our military and what the flag represents. Kaepernick was brilliant in his protest. What he’s really saying by sitting during the anthem is that he’s not going to stand for this type of corruption any longer.
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