Not Standing at the United States of America’s National Anthem? What?!
by nicholas_insana. on October 3, 2016 - 7:58pm
The article I read changed sports and the way people look at our country at an unbelievably fast rate. Colin Kaepernick, a back-up for the San Francisco 49ers made a huge stand for people of color. While the preseason starts Kaepernick tweets and retweets many examples of “Black Lives Matter”. This for several weeks went unnoticed until August 26th, a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. A reporter notices that while the National Anthem is being sung, through the standing bodies he sees Kaepernick sitting on the bench. After this going video going viral everywhere it gets everyone’s attention including Obama. According to authors Will Leitch and Ted Keith, Kaepernick in a later interview defended himself by saying “I am not going to stand up to show pride for a country that oppresses black people and people of color” (Keith, Leitch. Sports Illustrated. 9/26/2016). This changed the way people looked at our country as the next ween other players joined him in sitting during the National Anthem. I feel as though this is the right thing to do if you feel so strongly about something you don’t think is right. We have the freedom of speech which means you can express your feelings in any form you want as long as you don’t harm or hurt anyone. Although this specific act makes this seem like our country is falling apart, it’s not.
Link to Article: http://web.b.ebscohost.com.uri.idm.oclc.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=6&sid=156a766f-0c30-493c-9de1-6623e5a1a57e%40sessionmgr103&hid=123&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=118242780&db=a9h