San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made headlines refusing to stand for the national anthem at his football team’s preseason game in which they played the Green Bay Packers. This was on Sunday. He cited the “oppression” of African American people in the United States as his reason for doing so.
A photo of Kaepernick went viral of him sitting out the national anthem. NFL.com reporter Steve Wyche went to the quarterback and asked him to explain his actions and he got an answer that will appall you.
“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.”
He continued saying he was not seeking or “looking for approval” and he only wished to “stand up for people who are oppressed.” That’s unfortunate. Also, very unamerican. The 49ers organization expressly supported his decision not to participate in the national anthem.
Kaepernick went on,
“If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
The 49er organization stated,
“In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Well we will use our freedom of expression to express the fact we think this guy should lose his contract for next season. He has every right to say and do what he wants. Just as we have every right to say that what he did was shameful, embarrassing, and disgusting. It makes the 49er organization also look bad for not taking issue with it.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 27, 2016
The irony of him living in a country that provides him the freedoms to say such derogatory things without fear of prosecution must be lost on him.