Colin Kaepernick's Fight Against Racism

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As a U.S. citizen, Colin Kaepernick has the personal right not to stand for the national anthem and is allowed to publicly say absolutely anything he wants at any time. Kaepernick is a football quarterback that plays for the 49ers and protested to raise awareness for racial oppression and injustices in America. For what it’s worth, I agree with Kaepernick. Blacks are America’s most oppressed race, but we disagree on who the oppressors are. Kaepernick believes that it’s white America, the America that made possible do the once-inconsiderable; electing a black president and not once, but twice. Racism and police brutality do exist and it really is a complicated matter. Do you really think that Kaepernick could make the situation better with…show more content…
It happened in September 1918, during a baseball game between the Cubs and the Red Sox. The United States was in the middle of World War I and it wasn’t the easiest of time for people. During the game, a military band started to play “The Star-Spangled Banner” and a Red Sox player that was on leave from the Navy saluted the flag. Some other players joined him, and then the whole crowd was on their feet, turned to face the flag as well and started singing the anthem loudly. After they finished singing it, the crowd exploded into cheers. After that “The Star-Spangled Banner” was sung at every baseball game. Slowly, the anthem was sung at every sporting event that happened in America. Today, not everyone supports singing the anthem at games though. They find it irrelevant as it doesn’t have to do anything with the sport and technically they are right but what better place is to sing the national anthem than a sporting event where millions of Americans, all with different backgrounds can sing as one? The first time Kaepernick didn’t stand for the anthem was in a preseason game and then he did it again and people were furious. He explained why he did that but was that the right place and time for Kaepernick to do that? He could’ve just announced it on a press release but no he decided not to stand during the national anthem, disrespecting it, not just the anthem, but all the people that served on the military as
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