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Kaepernick's Argument Against Racism

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In 2015, 102 unarmed black citizens were killed unfairly by police, in 92 of those cases the police walked away without charges. Blacks are being killed at 5x the rate of whites and 3x the rates of hispanics, this is a serious problem. Colin Kaepernick (a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers) was the first to stand up against this issue, by taking a knee during the national anthem of multiple NFL games. This has brought huge attention to an overwhelming issue in America. It has also brought loads of controversy to people everywhere who are now taking after Kaepernick and protesting during the national anthem, some people say that this is disrespectful to everyone who has served in the armed forces because they are not showing pride for our…show more content…
This suggests a more honorable way to do things as Dorian Majid, an army ranger veteran who served in iraq says, "To refuse to stand for the National Anthem is his right as an American, and I support that right, however I do not agree with that action. There are a myriad of other ways to conduct social protest for people of color, that don't, whether by intent or otherwise, ignore the American principles that have given rise to extreme integration within a single American generation. My father was born without the right to vote and in one generation I've been blessed to lead amongst the world's greatest fighting…show more content…
There have been over 1,500 in 865 days consisting of marches, social media protests, speeches, and stand ups about how black lives matter. None of which have worked. In December of 2015, over 1,200 protesters met at the Mall of America to bring attention of Black Lives Matter and to honor those who were killed unfairly because of their skin color. The mall quickly shut down the protest and made everyone who was protesting leave. This became a big deal and made news headlines for a couple months but was quickly forgotten about. The fact of the matter is that Colin Kaepernick has brought huge attention to this issue which has been ignored for years. Racism is still a problem in our country and we need to recognize that so we are able to fix it. If Kaepernick would have protested in a less invasive way, he wouldn’t have gotten the media attention from this and he wouldn’t have brought near as much help to
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