A conversation had by many. One we weren’t going to address but it seems we need to!
Any other time we would careless about what a backup quarterback is doing. But for Colin Kaepernick, the story is just beginning.
Kaepernick began sitting for the National Anthem during this year’s NFL preseason and plans to continue until he feels like the change this country needs begins.
“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 backlash began as soon as the story broke. The “he’s disrespecting our veterans and our country” or basically he needs to stand his ass up like everyone else. Many athletes have shown their support and many have showed they do not like what he is doing.
“The media painted this as I’m anti-American, anti-men-and-women of the military and that’s not the case at all,’’ Kaepernick said. “I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee so I have the utmost respect for them.”
Kaepernick has also stated he will give the first $1 million he makes this season to organizations on communities of need.
Instead of sitting during their preseason game against the San Diego Chargers he kneeled as it was Military appreciation night. Teammate Eric Reid joined him as well.
Megan Rapinoe of the Seattle Reign FC kneeled as well during a game they had this past weekend.
“I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.”“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,””(The gesture) was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it “It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”
Her joining Kaepernick, has not drawn as much attention as it should. The thoughts on this has not been as open as some others, but one is to think that is it because she is white? or is it because she is a woman. Could it be both?
Fellow NFL QB, Drew Brees is one that’s against what he is doing saying,” Its an oxymoron that you’re sitting down, disrespecting that flag that has given you the freedom to speak out.”
Jeremy Lane, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, sat in their last preseason game to show his support of Kaepernick.
President Barack Obama even spoke out saying, “”There are a lot of ways you can do it,” Obama said of speaking out. “As a general matter, when it comes to the flag and the national anthem and the meaning that that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us — that is a tough thing for them to get past to then hear what his deeper concerns are.”
This photo was posted on Facebook yesterday afternoon.
V Lea Murphy: “The National Anthem should never be used in this manner. Ever. It is to honor our country and the brave men and women who serve, have served, and died serving. I respect CK’s choice, but I do not agree with it. Everyone should honor our nation’s colors. My husband along with thousands of others, fight daily for our right to free speech.”
Gabe Leverette: “I see there is a wide majority of the nation that still don’t want to see the bigger picture…his stance is similar to that of Rosa Parks… he is only using this opportunity to shed light on the situation that has been going on since the dawn of this country… Sitting during the national anthem for him was only a switch to turn on your attention… Not to disrespect veterans and decent police officers… But only to tap you on your shoulder and say hey take a look at this… Not to say F the police or forget the veterans hell we’ve had Congress and senators and past presidents in office since they were veterans in this country so who’s to blame for the lack of treatment and care… So I say to the world stop being so close-minded… Try thinking out of that square mind of yours”
Terrance Leverett: “He won’t to say he won’t play blacks on his team. Yes he did yes he did yes he did. Ole one sided a** world”
Our writer: “I don’t have a problem with what Kap is doing. I think more people should stand up in the ways they feel is the best. My problem is that everyone is flipping out because he done it but with the women’s soccer player doing it I haven’t seen anything on it except on the ESPN shows/social media. Which shows how people are. They are doing something peaceful to stand up for right and wrong instead of violent protesting, killing cops/people. If Kap was a white football player, the conversations that are being had wouldn’t happen. And if this coach wants to bench players for standing up for their beliefs, the players need to show him they don’t care about being benched and will keep doing it.”
This image is also going around the internet. Thought?
Trey Songz and J. Cole have both been seen performing in Kaepernick jerseys.