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Is the silent protest too much for Americans to handle?

Roni Norbury

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Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, has been the topic of conversation after he kneeling during the national anthem. Was his silent protest too much for society? Although it is not illegal or against any rule to not participate in the performance of the national anthem, Kaepernick’s actions stirred controversy. In an interview with NFL, Kaepernick stated that he was not going to stand for a country that “oppresses black people and people of color.” Although this was not his first time sitting during the national anthem, this time during the third game of the football preseason sparked inspiration in athletes all over to join Kaepernick in his demonstration. The motive of Kaepernick is not to show his lack of patriotism, but to show the lack of representation from our country towards those of color, specifically in regards to police brutality.

Kaepernick vows to continue to sit or kneel during the national anthem until he believes his country justifiably represents what it is supposed to, in other words, until everyone is treated equally, you will not see Kaepernick facing the flag with his hand over his heart during the national anthem.

Although society has changed drastically in the last several decades, racism is still apparent in today’s culture. Racial inequality is not the only thing being brought up by the media in regards to NFL players sitting or kneeling during the national anthem. Other topics regarding rape and violence within this community and the insufficient punishment that has followed. Lenient consequences have been filed over actions that deserved extreme punishment. Domestic violence charges, drug offences and other misconducts go unnoticed mainly because the players are famous and if they were to leave their team, it might not do as well if they were apart of it.

The difference between Kaepernick’s actions and other misdemeanors hidden by fame of some athletes, is Kaepernick’s situation caused more dispute than other cases that should have been brought to the media. Kaepernick’s motive is to shed light onto issues in our society that need to be addressed and he hopes to bring change to our nation as a whole. Kaepernick plans to donate $1 million to charities whose main purpose is to focus on racial inequality.

Colin Kaepernick has the right to kneel during the national anthem because his silent protest has already brought awareness to the topic and will only continue to be talked about. More athletes are following the trend of Kaepernick, and others should do the same to “stand up” for what is right.

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