Colin Kaepernick, the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has been considered a shinning star in the Bay Area for quite some time now, but just recently he has been attacked all over social media for his act of sitting during the playing of the National Anthem. He doesn’t, in his words, want to stand for a country that oppresses black and colored people.

The media has portrayed him as a traitor to this country, a terrible role model to children in america, and a coward. This whole issue has intrigued me in a variety of ways. One of the reasons this issue is becoming so chaotic on social media is because it really begins to divide people on issues of race and really magnify the Black Lives Matter Movement. He is creating a surge of new athletes, black and white, that are joining him in sitting during the anthem , partly because of how poorly he has been treated in the media and partly because they feel as though some serious change needs to happen and the only way that is going to happen is addressing this problem directly.   The fact that he also is a african-american who was adopted by a white family is a whole other story in and amongst itself.

But this issue doesn’t seem like its going to be going away anytime soon. As long as there isn’t any legitimate change in the world Kaepernick will continue to sit, and so will more athletes, until change comes.


3 responses »

  1. ariatung says:

    I remember seeing the all of the hate Gabby Douglas got after she didn’t put her hand over her heart during the National Anthem, and it was beyond ridiculous. Her reasoning was valid, but even if she had different reasoning, or she just simply forgot, it doesn’t matter. People just like to complain and pick on others just for entertainment. It may be seen as “disrespectful” to not put your hand on your heart, but people also need to stop overreacting.

  2. maddiemcc19 says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing Melissa Harris Perry talk at Scripps last week and she brought up the backlash against Colin Kaepernick. She said that if Kaepernick does not feel patriotic, as a nation we should ask him why he feels alienated and use that as a platform for change. She continued, “I wish my country would not demand fidelity [to the U.S.]; I wish it would instead earn it.”

  3. emacune says:

    I think that it is interesting to look at the similarities between Kaepernick’s actions this year versus the actions of Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the Olympics in 1968 when they raised their fists in support of black lives. Using his position of fame as an NFL quarterback, Kaepernick’s actions will hopefully get the message out about the importance of Black Lives Matter to more people. Even though he can’t control mainstream media’s coverage, he can still continue to try to get the message out about systematic oppression, and hopefully he will be heard.

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