Eric Reed (left) and Colin Kaepernick (right) kneel during the national anthem ceremony at a game.
You've probably heard of it some how, whether it be through some form of news media or the internet, but there's been a bit of a ruckus in the NFL regarding a player by the name of Colin Kaepernick. In late August, instead of standing during the national anthem at a preseason game, he stayed seated throughout it's entirety, and he explained why through a post-game interview. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.", Kaepernick said. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder". He is referencing to many of the police shootings that have occurred through the past couple of years, as well as the racial tension that has thrown the U.S into an internal uproar - and it's mainly what he is in protest of.
Many other celebrities and sports figures have joined Kaepernick in support, such as Spike Lee, Steve Harvey, Kevin Durant, and so on.. but that hasn't stopped ordinary people from voicing their opinion. Outraged people have taken to social media to express their minds on the matter.
Personally, I believe he has the right to not participate in the national anthem ceremony. In this case, he has given a reason for not doing so, and it's up to him to make these decisions, as it should be for everyone else. Nobody should be forced into participating in either the national anthem ceremony or even the pledge of allegiance, which some schools and institutions still continue to recite daily. Your choice should not automatically label you as unpatriotic or disrespectful. To put things into perspective, when people watch these sports games at home or possibly at a friend's / relative's house, do they also stand for the national anthem?
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