NFL.com – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.
His latest refusal to stand for the anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.
“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 in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”
If you’re outraged that Colin Kapernick sat down during the national anthem, OR if you’re outraged at the people who have voiced their opinion of him sitting, shut up.
The same right (1st amendment) that protects him when he chose to sit during the national anthem also protects those who choose to voice their displeasure with him sitting. Either you’re pro first amendment or you’re not.
If you’re pro 1st amendment, you can have and voice an opinion on WHY he has chosen to sit, but not that he has chosen to sit. If you don’t think he had the right to sit down during the anthem then you, by definition, don’t believe in the freedom of speech or expression. So shut up.
And for all of those folks out there who think people shouldn’t be able to criticize him sitting down during the anthem because it’s Kaepernick’s’ 1st amendment right to do so, shut up. If he has the right to sit, everyone else has the right to criticize him sitting.
Both sides of this argument are embarrassing themselves and everyone is too stupid to realize it.
This is irony that is seemingly lost on everyone.