San Francisco 49ers back up quarterback Colin Kaepernick caused an uproar when he was spotted sitting down, instead of standing up for the national anthem during a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on August 27th.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said.
“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.”
Ever since then, multiple celebrities, analysts and everyone else has voiced their opinion towards Kaepernick taking his protests of racial inequality to the National Anthem, which has begun a trend in the NFL as several players have been seen taking a knee during and standing with their fist in the air during the anthem. Soccer players and high school teams have been seen following Kaepernick’s lead and taking a knee during the anthem as well.
And for Kaepernick’s bold and courageous move, he has earned a spot on the from cover of Time Magazine’s October issue, but it hasn’t come without a price: backlash, criticism and most importantly, death threats.
Kaepernick has admitted he’s received death threats, but put into perspective what would happen if such a tragedy were to unfortunately take place.
“To me, if something like that were to happen, you’ve proved my point, and it will be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at greater speed than what it is even now,” Kaepernick said.
“Granted, I don’t want that to happen, but that’s the realization of what could happen, and I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. That’s not something I haven’t thought about.”
Kaepernick has stated that he will continue to take a knee during the national anthem.