In Obama’s America, disrespecting our flag and our national anthem has become disturbingly common. Now, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made headlines for refusing to stand as our national anthem played.
The reason why is truly sick…
On Friday night, the San Francisco 49ers took to the field to play the Green Bay Packers in a preseason game.
Niners’ quarterback, 28-year-old Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem.
His team lost.
According to NFL.com, Kaepernick is protesting what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
“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.”
The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
By taking a stand for civil rights, Kaepernick, 28, joins other athletes, like the NBA’s Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony and several WNBA players in using their platform and status to raise awareness to issues affecting minorities in the U.S.
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