The Most Ungrateful Black Man in America?
Colin Kaepernick, like all Americans, has every right to protest injustice.
Unlike nearly all Americans, Kaepernick has a unique platform to launch his protest.
He is a multi-million dollar professional athlete.
When Kaepernick doesn’t stand for the playing of the National Anthem during a nationally televised football game, millions see and hear about it.
So if he decides to sit in protest, his actions better match his words for the protest.
During the national anthem performance before their game against the Green Bay Packers, quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers sat on the bench.
The excuse he gave for refusing to stand during the national anthem was because of his beliefs regarding the country’s treatment of racial minorities. He claims the U.S. “oppresses” people of color.
“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 after Friday’s 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.”
He said he didn’t tell the team ahead of time that he was planning to do it. “This is not something that I am going to run by anybody,” he said. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. … If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”