San Francisco 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has recently caught backlash for sitting during the National Anthem at a recent pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers. According to NFL.com, the #7 Quarterback responded to his actions after the game by making the following statement:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”
He then went on to say,
“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.”
According to a recent report from NFL Reporter, Steve Wyche, Kaepernick is bi-racial, however his adopted parents are Caucasian. Wyche also reports that Kaepernick has seen some things that have really struck a nerve with him and he wanted to find a way to make a point.
Kaepernick told me that he is fully aware that there will be backlash. He is willing to deal with it: https://t.co/R3pSnMeWdD
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) August 27, 2016
Scrolling through Kaepernick’s Twitter feeds, I noticed that there are plenty retweets of issues surrounding black lives and black history…
The Haitian Revolution began on this day in 1791. Toussaint Louverture by Jacob Lawrence, 1940. pic.twitter.com/JhKy2PPEJe
— Jacobin (@jacobinmag) August 21, 2016
High school kid. Fresno, CA.
Jaywalking. Ended up assaulted, choked, arrested by police.
Whole thing's a mess.https://t.co/yT5Vib38SI
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 18, 2016