My thoughts on Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, has decided to protest by not standing during the playing of the National Anthem at his football games. In his own words:

“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” -C. Kaepernick

This has sparked a lot of controversy! I would like to share my thoughts on this subject, so bear with me!

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Something that we all can agree on is the fact that Colin is expressing his First Amendment right. He has every right to not stand during the playing of the national anthem. Many of us may disagree with this decision, but it is his right. Just as it is our right to disagree and criticize him for this decision.

I personally think that the media is blowing this out of poportions.

  • “He’s disrespecting the veterans”
  • “He hates America. Why doesn’t he just leave?”
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I cannot speak for Kaepernick, but I don’t believe his intentions were to disrespect the veterans who fought and gave their lives for the freedom that we have today. He wanted to use his platform to higlight the issue of police brutality amongst the African American community. I applaud him for this. He reignigted the conversation on racial injustices in America. If it were me, I may have chosen another route to go about this but it’s all about taking chances.

America is not perfect, who knows if it will ever be? But these conversations and exchange of thoughts, opinions, and ideas might lead us to the right path.

Thanks for reading! Please feel free to leave your comments on this issue.

-Maria