Kaepernick kneels for anthem; 2 Rams raise fists in protest

Two big story lines in the NFL Monday night - first the debut of the new LA Rams...and with a national TV audience watching, everyone wondered what would 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick do (or not do) during the National Anthem.

"For me, it was something that I couldn't see another 'hashtag Sandra Bland, hashtag Tamir Rice, hashtag Walter Scott, hashtag Eric Garner, ' the list goes on and on and on", Kaepernick said. "At the same time, you should have some (expletive) respect for people who served, especially people that lost their life to protect our freedom". Oh, no, I just said cops are pigs. "I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country". Oh, no, I just said cops are pigs. Almost the entire Seattle Seahawks team and other players across the National Football League are joining Kaepernick's protest.

Monday Night Football, and all eyes were temporarily on a backup quarterback. President Obama said that athlete Colin Kaepernick was exercising his free speech. It may be unpatriotic to not stand for the anthem, but to limit someone's right to speech is even worse.

Kaepernick's protest has been the most talked about occurrence during the season thus far, and many have argued that it's been an important and courageous way to get this country talking about real issues.

You can not just assume that black people are just overreacting and being too sensitive.

"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 told NFL Media. The 31-year-old believes the whiteness of professional baseball puts Black players in a bad position for demonstrating due to their small representation. But there's a lot of work to be done. However, I do not want you to ignore this protest.

Kaepernick's simple action caused an outrage that had people talking about whether or not it was disrespectful and if racial issues need to be spoken about more openly. Men and women sacrificed time in their lives or died for this country to give people the right to protest, not to blindly agree with established institutions and ideas.

No matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel this is not going away anytime soon.

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