Thursday, August 24, 2017. New York City – Thousands of people rallied yesterday, August 23, outside NFL offices in NYC in support of Colin Kaepernick.
“Colin Rand Kaepernick (born November 3, 1987) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Kaepernick played collegiate football at the University of Nevada where he was named the Western Athletic Offensive Player of the Year twice and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl. Kaepernick was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
In 2016, Kaepernick gained national attention when he began protesting by not standing while the United States national anthem was being performed before the start of games, motivated by what he viewed as the oppression of people of color in the U.S. His actions prompted a wide variety of responses, including additional athletes in the NFL and other U.S. sports leagues protesting the anthem in various ways.
Before a preseason game in 2016, Kaepernick sat down, as opposed to the tradition of standing, during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. During a post-game interview, he explained his position stating, “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 and adding that he would continue to protest until he feels like “[the American flag] represents what it’s supposed to represent”. In the 49ers’ final 2016 preseason game on September 1, 2016, Kaepernick opted to kneel during the U.S. national anthem rather than sit as he did in their previous games. He explained his decision to switch was an attempt to show more respect to former and current U.S. military members while still protesting during the anthem after having a conversation with former NFL player and U.S. military veteran Nate Boyer. After the September 2016 police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, Kaepernick commented publicly on the shootings saying, “this is a perfect example of what this is about.”-Wikipedia.org
Following his departure from the 49ers, Kaepernick remains unsigned today. People say that he is being blackballed because of his protest.
Many other football players are also protesting. Black and White players are supporting Colin Kaepernick.
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People stand with Colin Kaepernick and Linda Sarsour.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 23, 2017
— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) August 23, 2017
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 23, 2017
The NFL owners of the following teams gave ONE MILLION DOLLARS to Trump: Redskins, Jaguars, Texans, Patriots, Jets and Rams. #ImWithKap
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) August 24, 2017
It's amazing to see the strength, courage, and understanding our youth have! I am energized by their character and hopeful for the future! pic.twitter.com/wmxs9Ut5Ni
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 25, 2017
Thank you to everyone who went out to support yesterday. My faith always has been and always will be in the power of the people! pic.twitter.com/T7IWCOCm4K
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 24, 2017
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