If you don’t stand for something…you’ll fall for anything.
Colin Kaepernick made a very strong statement on Friday night when he refused to stand during the Nation Anthem before their preseason game against the Green Bay Packers.
The socially conscious San Francisco 49ers quarterback later explained why he remained seated.
“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.”
Knowing there would be backlash for his action, Colin still ain’t got no worries because he “stood up for what is right.”
“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.”
Just as he expected, Racist Twitter inundated the football star with hateful tweets calling him the “N word” and anything else offensive they could think of.
Meanwhile…back at the ranch, Chris Brown took to social media to praise Colin for “setting an example.”
The 49ers released a statement respecting Kaepernick’s rights as a citizen.
The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.
What do you think about Colin Kaepernick’s actions and statement?