Colin Kaepernick and What it All Means


Colin Kaepernick is a 28 year old professional football player for the San Francisco 49ers. He is a religious man who takes his beliefs in God quite seriously. He recently sat down during the playing of the national anthem during one of the games. He stated, “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,” referencing a series of events that led to the Black Lives Matter movement. He added that he would continue to protest until he feels like “the American flag represents what it’s supposed to represent.” The 49ers released a statement respecting Kaepernicks right to protest.

Kaepernick has received huge amounts of backlash because of this movement. Although many people are protesting against this, more football players have decided to join Kaepernick with kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Some of the football players have said that, “as long as we make a statement and people start to listen, we will continue to change the world.” Many people have argued against what they are protesting and have suggested to kick them out of the country if they, “don’t like the way we’re running things.”

Lebron James respects Colin Kaepernicks decision to kneel during the National anthem. “First of all, I’m all in favor of anyone — athlete or non-athlete — being able to express what they believe in in a peaceful manner. That’s exactly what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that. I think you guys know that when I’m passionate about something, I speak upon it. Me standing for the national anthem is something I will do. That’s who I am. That’s what I believe in. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect and don’t agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing.” For all of us watching this play out, the real question is, are we too blind to see the racism problem in our country?