Sitting Down for what is Right
by scapizzi on September 25, 2016 - 4:09pm
From football fans to political enthusiasts, the entire nation was spurring with debate about star Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. The country was in shock to see Kaepernick sitting down during the National Anthem. Many Americans found this to be completely disrespectful to not only our veterans and soldiers, but to America itself. But what many individuals failed to see was that this act was not an act of derision, but father a plea for change. In fact, by sitting down, Kaepernick was taking the ultimate stand against social injustice towards minorities. Aware of the hardship that he would be facing in both his career and in his personal life, he acted in this manor send a message. A message that the country we live in is not a country deserving of praise under these current conditions. Other athletes such as Serena Williams and Lebron James have also made efforts against social injustice. In fact some athletes are even donating large sums of money to organizations pushing towards eradicating social injustice. For example, Kaepernick has promised to donate the first million of his 11.9 million dollar salary to foundations in need (Witz, 2016). To tackle social injustice as a whole, we as a society need to not place blame upon one another, but to join together and create solutions. This article both creates awareness for the cause and shows how people are acting already to make a change. This is incredibly important in shaping a world that will be both safe and tolerant.
Witz, B. (2016, September 01). This Time, Colin Kaepernick Takes a Stand by Kneeling. Retrieved September 25, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/sports/football/colin-kaepernick-kneels-national-anthem-protest.html?_r=0