President Obama made a statement after the G20 Summit from China, on the act of failing to stand during the National Anthem by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers). Mr Kaepernick, 28 began his protest at a pre-season game on August 19, 2016. He then followed with statements:
Yes, I’ll continue to sit,”( to US media on Sunday) “I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change.
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.
President Barack Obama had this to say, carefully touching on all the issues:
And so followed suit soccer player Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC).
While Mr Kaepernick chose to kneel on Military Night rather than stand for the National Anthem before a pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers, afterwards former Green Beret Nate Boyer defended Mr Kaepernick’s decision to protest saying:
Not only does he every right to do that, but I respect him. It was incredibly brave what he did…It’s your inalienable right. What you are doing takes a lot of courage, and I’d be lying if I said I knew what it was like to walk around in your shoes. I’ve never had to deal with prejudice because of the color of my skin, and for me to say I can relate to what you’ve gone through is as ignorant as someone who’s never been in a combat zone telling me they understand what it’s like to go to war.
On Twitter other veterans responded like this as #VeteransforKaepernick is trending:
Don’t use my service–or that of any veteran–to justify the silencing of black Americans. Not on my watch. #VeteransForKaepernick
— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 31, 2016
Mr Kaepernick has promised to donate 1 million dollars to charities fighting the cause of ending police brutality and racial inequality.
Cornerback Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks sat during the National Anthem before a Seattle Seahawks vs Oakland Raiders game (September 1, 2016) and has stated that he planned to continue.
Just a reminder of what happened just last year to a beloved athlete, retired tennis star James Blake.
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