Everyone Loves Colin Kaepernick, Until He Takes A Stand Against Racism and Social Injustice

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Isn’t it ironic how everyone loves San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick until he takes a stand against racism and social injustice? The football player plans to sit through the national anthem for as long as he feels is appropriate and until he sees significant progress in America.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said Sunday at his locker. “To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

The quarterback has received criticism via social media and even from a number of teammates but he remains unmoved by others’ opinions. Kaepernick believes he has done nothing wrong. He said he hasn’t heard from the NFL or anyone else about his actions.

“No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful. To provide for families and not live in poor circumstances.”

I salute Kaepernick for using his platform to make a strong statement against the way in which African Americans and people of color have been mistreated. People are taking to social media speaking out against the player saying his actions are disrespectful. A video went viral of a former fan burning the player’s jersey.

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