Colin Kaepernick: Peaceful Protester

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Colin Kaepernick: Peaceful Protester

Jesse Marty, Opinion Writer

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Colin Kaepernick has done something that has sparked quite the uproar throughout the country. Many people love it and many people hate it. If you aren’t aware of what Colin Kaepernick is doing, he is taking a knee during the national anthem of all of his games. The reason he is doing this is because he feels like there are too many wrong doings to minorities throughout the country. And this is true, too many innocent African Americans are being shot wrongly by policemen. Colin Kaepernick states, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”. He believes that this country isn’t fair in the fact that there are way too many innocent people of color being shot by policemen, and he will not stand until he believes that isn’t happening anymore.
If Kaepernick doesn’t say something, who will? He has a voice in society and he is doing something with it. He is expressing his views and standing for what he believes in. So why look down on his actions? You might not agree with what he’s doing, but he’s not doing it for you. He’s doing this because that is what he believes to be the right thing to do. He is not doing because he hates America or because he is against the troops. He is only doing this because he believes that America isn’t where it needs to be, and we need to open our eyes and fix what’s going on. Colin Kaepernick also said, “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.” This is way deeper than just the game of football–he is going into something much more important. So if you think this is just some rich athlete sitting for the anthem, then you have it all wrong. This is so much deeper than that. This is a African-American athlete trying to make a difference in this country. In addition, most people in the U.S say that they just spend their money on pointless things and don’t do anything America, here an athlete is trying to do something for his country and all he is getting is hate. Seems like colored athletes can’t win.
In addition, the National Anthem is a quite racist song if you look back at what they took out. Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that later became the lyrics to the National Anthem. “Like so many of his compatriots, Francis Scott Key, the wealthy American lawyer who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner” in the wake of the Battle of Fort McHenry on 14 September 1814, was a slaveholder who believed blacks to be, ‘a distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proves to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.'” (snopes.com). But they took out the verse he wrote saying, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Basically saying that all slaves that fought for their freedom, their blood would be washed away with all the British invaders at that time. So “The Star Spangled-Banner” isn’t so patriotic after all. You could say it is almost a discrimination song to the African American people who fought for their freedom. So what African American would want to stand for that? I’m not even African American and I no longer will stand for the national anthem. How can you blame Kaepernick for what he is doing? I sure am supporting him, the question is; are you?

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