San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick have been criticized for not standing up during the national anthem. Yesterday, Kaepernick addressed the issue after being ridiculed during the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night. Boos were directed at the quarterback, and Kaepernick says that this negative reaction is all a “misunderstanding” and the reason he refuses to stand for the national anthem has not been portrayed accurately.
Kaepernick is not anti-American, he is anti-racial inequality and police brutality.
“The media painted this as I’m anti-American, anti-men-and-women of the military and that’s not the case. I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put themselves in harm’s way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee so I have the utmost respect for them. I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way.’’ – Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick will be donating $1 million dollars to organizations in communities who are being affected by issues dealing with racial injustice.
“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and to be able to make the kind of money that I do and I have to help these people, I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to success.’’ – Colin Kaepernick
This is another case of the media spinning a story out of control and recklessly tainting someone’s character, with no remorse. Kaepernick’s actions spoke for him when he stood and applauded during the singing of “God Bless America” and kneeled before the national anthem.
“Once again, I’m not anti-America, I love America.” – Colin Kaepernick
Regardless of his undeniable gesture the crowd continued to boo, but that didn’t stop Kaepernick from showing them unconditional love. After the game, he ran to the crowd to take pictures and sign autographs. They chanted, “Kaep! Kaep! Kaep!” and “Kaep for president!” while they urged him to stand up for his beliefs. Moments later, a 49ers team official pulled Kaepernick away from his fans, telling him that he should cause so much attention to himself and the situation. He suggested the 49ers will cut Kaepernick and free up the quarterback to focus all his attention on drawing attention to himself.
“It’s not for me.” – Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick left encouraged, not disappointed by his fans who were of color.
“More than anything, the people just saying, ‘We support you, we’re with you, don’t let anybody deter you from what you’re trying to do, and I think that sticks with me because a lot of those people are people that I want to give equal opportunities to.’’ – Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick plans to keep kneeling during the national anthem and says protest may end at some point when change is effected. He believes that people,groups, and communities can impact the change that is necessary.
“I think when that happens, I think a lot of people will really influence me to stand.” – Colin Kaepernick