Absolutely! Barack Obama once said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change.” In the same spirit, Colin Kaepernick, a football player who plays for the 49ers, has decided to do something about what he saw as mistreatment of certain communities and inappropriate police actions. How? By sitting down and speaking out about these issues.
It all started during a preseason game when a reporter caught him sitting on the bench during the national anthem (people usually stand as a sign of respect for the country). It was a simple act, but one that got the country asking, “Why did he do that?” He responded by saying that he was using his celebrity status to give a voice to those who don’t always have the opportunity to speak up. Although some people found his action disrespectful, others supported him. It’s been over two months since Kaepernick began his protest. Since then teammates, fellow professional athletes, singers, college athletes and cheerleaders, and even high school athletes and band members have joined him in his protest. He has also continued to spread his message by talking to youth groups. Whether or not you agree with Colin’s actions, he’s taking a stand for what he believes in, and yes, one person can make a difference.