courtesy of usmagazine.com
Does sitting for the National Anthem really stand-up for black oppression? In a recent controversy, Colin Kaepernick who is a football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, made the decision to sit during the National Anthem before a game.
According to nfl.com, Kaepernick said, “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.”
According to theundefeated.com, “He grew up as an adopted, biracial son of a wealthy white family. He had every advantage. He went from being a Super Bowl quarterback to a $12 million backup, and that word — backup — was fired with malice, meant to sting, as if the worth of a message can be gauged by playing time.”
After all, it is his right as a citizen, but does it make it moral? Maddy Shelor (‘18) said, “I think it’s very disrespectful because of the opportunities this country has given him and [current social conflicts] are no reason to not stand for the honoring of America.” Shelor also said she “always stands because it is honoring and respecting America.”
Josh Redd (‘17) stated, “He doesn’t have to stand for the national anthem if he doesn’t want to.” Many people have voiced a similar opinion on social media over the past several weeks, saying that the freedom we have allows us to protest in this manner. Redd also said, “I usually stand out of respect for this country, unless I’m too lazy to get up.”
After months of witnessing some of the civil unrest in the United States, he decided to be more active and involved in civil rights and justice. According to nfl.com, Kaepernick said, “This is not something that I am going to run by anybody…I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed…If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”