This week, Colin Kaepernick, a well-known quarterback who plays for the 49ers football team, made headlines because he did not stand up for the national anthem (a tradition that starts every football game). As a result, people across the country responded in different ways. Some were angry, while others were supportive. By sitting, was he being disrespectful of those who serve in the United States military and fight for the country everyday? Was he making a statement and taking a stand against the injustice, inequality, and unfairness that he feels some have experienced in the country? Or was he just exercising his rights and freedoms as a United States citizen?
Here’s what Kaepernick had to say when reporters asked him why he sat during the national anthem:
“I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed… If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right.”
Do you agree or disagree with what he did? What does the United States flag and national anthem mean to you?