For the past few weeks, San Francisco 49er Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick has made various headlines for his valiant act of kneeling during the national anthem. He began sitting during this preseason. It is a silent protest to show support for people of color who are being oppressed in the United States, and takes a stand against police brutality.
According to NFL.com , Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag that oppresses black people and people of color,” he continues “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.”
Since the preseason game, Colin Kaepernick has slowly started a movement across the country. At first, Kaepernick was alone in his silent protest until teammate, Eric Reid joined him during one of the games.
Kaepernick also reiterated that he was not doing it to be anti-American or anti-military or to disrespect troops. He was doing it to bring serious social issues to light and try to evoke change. That stance led to him slightly adjusting the protest from sitting to kneeling.
The movement started to progress when Seattle Seahawks Cornerback, Jeremy Lane, also sat during the national anthem.
“I wasn’t trying to say anything. Just standing behind Kaepernick,” Lane said following the game. He added that he would keep doing it until he felt like justice was served.
Football isn’t the only sport that is bring Colin Kaepernick’s movement to light. Seattle Reign FC Soccer player, Megan Rapinoe, kneeled during the national anthem before the NWSL match. She expressed solidarity with Kaepernick, saying that, as a gay American, she knows “what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties,” and that “it’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this.”
As the movement continues, Denver Broncos linebacker, Brandon Marshall knelled during a regular season opener.
Marshall became the first player to kneal or sit during the anthem prior to a regular season game. He was a college teammate of Kaepernick at the University of Nevada. Like Kaepernick, Marshall said it was about social change.
“I’m not against the military. I’m not against the police or America,” Marshall said, according to the Denver Post. “I’m against social injustice.
“Kaep, he’s using his platform how he wants to use it, to reach the masses,” Marshall said. “We have freedom of speech. But then we use our platform, and we get bashed for it. It’s almost like they want us to only go with the grain. And once we go against the grain, it’s an issue.”
Colin Kaepernick and other known sports players are not the only ones kneeling during the national anthem. Some high school students from around the U.S. are standing on the same beliefs as Kaepernick.
One school’s marching band even knelt when playing the national anthem.
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The OUSD Honor Band played the National Anthem before tonight's #Oakland A's game. Near the end of the song, most of the 155 middle and high school students took a knee in protest against police brutality and unfair treatment of people of color in #America. The crowd responded with enthusiastic applause. #iamOUSD
To continue the movement, other celebrities like Iman Shumpert, Marshawn Lynch, and so many others have joined Kaepernick in kneeling and using their social media platforms to take a stand against police brutality and social injustice.
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Take a good look at my daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. The moment she was born was the day I saw the world a lot different. All day I wonder how can I raise her the right way and teach her the right lessons. I can't explain to her what's going on these days between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us. #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace For each steal I’m going to donate money and time towards a foundation(s) striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen. I challenge all sponsors and athletes to match these proceeds to contribute to the cause helping families affected by all the killings leaving families and communities traumatized. As big as an awareness Kap has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today and I no longer believe taking a knee is the answer. This news makes me sick and I am challenging myself to make a difference! #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace
As the movement progresses, more people and sports teams are kneeling during the national anthem.
The WNBA’s Indiana Fever team knelt during the national anthem before the first game of the WNBA playoffs.
And just today, players in Oakland, California laid on their backs with their hands up while Colin knelt during the national anthem.
As a result of this movement, Colin Kaepernick is now featured on Time Magazine’s October issue.
Colin Kaepernick isn’t making a difference by just kneeling, he’s also donating $1 million to charities that focus on racial issues.
Well, if you think think Colin KaepernicK isn’t being a pillar of the community, all while standing up for what he believes in, I don’t know what to tell you.
But I can say one thing, this revolution WILL BE TELEVISED