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.