Take a stand with Colin Kaepernick!

Colin Kaepernick is a former Quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers and current Free agent in the National Football League (NFL). He led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appearance in 2012 and had a great 2013 season leading the team to the NFC Championship only to go down to the Seattle Seahawks who would go on to win the Super Bowl.

In 2016, Kaepernick turned the NFL and outside world against him when he decided to sit down during America’s National Anthem in protest for the injustice and racism plaguing African-American men and women at the hands of Police. He went on to do this for the entire year causing quite the stir among the NFL and wider community who many credit this protest for being the sole reason for his current status within the sport — BLACKBALLED and UNEMPLOYED.

Kaepernick has been tossed from the NFL for protesting racism and injustice against African-Americans despite being one of the top 25 quarterbacks in the league. That is right! he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, which has 30 clubs with up to four quarterbacks positions available in each club yet out of 120 positions available yet no NFL club will have him all because he is standing up for justice.

Kaepernick kneels during National Anthem (Photo: Daniel Gluskoter, AP)

For the past few years, several African-American unarmed men, women and children have been killed by Police officers. In 2012, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking back to his step-mothers house when George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch volunteer, fatally shot Martin in the chest. Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old boy playing with a toy pellet gun in a park when officers who were responding to a complaint fatally shot and killed him. Eric Garner was put in a choke hold for about 15–20 seconds whilst being pinned down and arrested in broad daylight dies as result of the choke hold. Footage of the arrest and death was used as footage yet no officer in the matter was brought to justice. Philando Castile was killed by an officer after he was pulled over, whilst Castile was reaching for his I.D, the officer shot Castile several times and killed him. The girlfriend of Castile was live streaming the encounter on Facebook as their 4-year-old daughter sit in the backseat.

Courtesy: Daily News

Former Australian of the year, Sydey Swan, Two time Brownlow winner and dual-premiership player Adam Goodes was forced out of the sport for standing up to racism.

Adam Goodes in his glory days. Photo: SBS

Earlier this year, both the Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power in the AFL took a stand against racism after Adelaide Crows player Eddie Betts who is an Indigenous Australian, was racially vilified on the Facebook page of a Port Adelaide fan.

Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide take a stand against racism. Photo: Russell Milliard

But what if one of your favourite players decided to sit down rather than stand? Kneel rather than stand? Would you feel offended and outraged? What if Hawthorn’s (AFL) Luke Hodge knelt in the four winning Premiership’s he won? Or what if Australia’s greatest goal scorer in Tim Cahill decided to sit? Would you ridicule him and force him out of the sport?

Photo: Inside Sport

So, do you get offended and vilify others when they don’t stand during the Anthem? If one was to kneel during Anthem, would you be offended? What does that say about the person or most importantly, what does it say about you? I take a stand with Colin, and so should we all!

Racism is alive and well — let’s end it together.

Dylan Wolfgramm