Let’s talk about it! Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has launched a personal protest by refusing to stand for the national anthem during NFL pre-game ceremonies.

Kaepernick is quoted as saying, “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.”

This has sparked a lot of debate, conversation and outrage throughout sports, the media, and beyond.

This is a platform where YOU can express your opinion on this topic as it relates to wealth, race relations, community dialogue, etc. Please comment on this thread to share your opinions. Please be respectful with your language and other’s opinions.

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  • Christopher Blake Collins says:

    I do not have any problem with the substance of Kaepernick’s action, in fact, I agree with the substance by and large. But, I have problem with it’s efficacy. The laws which govern police use of force conduct are written by your state and local legislators. If we want to work on those issues, we need to organize our communities, vote in off year elections which decide police use of force policies, and hold local elected officials accountable. That’s the real hard work of change.

    Data from 144 large cities shows that we vote in off year elections (state and local) at a percentage of about 20%. In the bare minimum, I think its fair that we ask people to make the effort to vote on the leaders who make the policy that we want fixed. If you really want change, that means you have to be at PTA meetings, building neighborhood civic associations, go to city council meetings, and hold leaders accountable.

    Last, Kap has said that he will sit until things change. That’s great, but what is he going to DO about it. If you really want to change things, you have be about it, you can not just talk about it.

  • Robert S. Bey says:

    I think Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the National anthem is his God Given and Human Right and anyone who has an issue with that is against the very foundation that this country was truly founded upon. The major issue is the system that our government is operating under which is in no way the original foundation that this country was set upon. Democracy is not used in the constitution not one time…not once! This country was founded as a Republic and is not operating as such and until we get to the root of that issue this system will continue to deteriorate and people are going to express themselves as they see fit during it due to frustration.

  • Anthony Gillison says:

    I wholly stand by his opinion, but why does that even matter? I’m not the man who was singled out for his personal choice of not standing for the national anthem. This man took into account that America is not a nation that truly believes in the equal treatment of black people. With said knowledge, he decided he couldn’t get behind saluting a nation that has done so to people like him. That’s not (or at least shouldn’t be) important to anyone but him. The media asked him the question as to why, and he gave an answer. That simple. Who’s to say he was trying to be a hero, an enemy, or anything more than (god forbid) a regular man with an opinion? The media dug into this too much, and these narrow-minded sheep helped them vilify him publicly because… the internet. They honestly care too much. It’s his choice. Truly, it shouldn’t even be a question, but it was simply because he’s a public figure. At the end of the day, it’s not that serious.

  • House of O says:

    I need my fellow Americans to stop telling me what insults and doesn’t insult me. This is all small talk because most of you don’t want to have real conversations about real issues. I’m a veteran and I don’t care who stands or who sits. It doesn’t change who I am and what I’ve done. And that’s not why I joined the military. Becoming a warrior (USMC) was a calling for me. Protecting the people I love was and still is my duty. I took an oath to defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. And unfortunately, I see more and more domestic enemies every day. Emphatically infringing upon the rights of others. Killing others hopes, dreams, and futures. And sometimes just killing others. But people want to vilify a rich athlete (there for your entertainment) who sat during a song. There are more important things that need to be talked about and solved. Patriotism is not about standing up for a song. It is standing for what’s right, for the collective good.

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