By Makayla Melles
What started as a controversy by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has turned into a national movement. Kaepernick “took a stand” by not standing for the national anthem in order to show his opposition to racial injustice and police brutality in the U.S.
Some high-school, college, and pro athletes have now joined Kaepernick by kneeling, raising fists, or lying down with their hands up as the anthem plays.
‘’I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media. “ 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 are getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick has been receiving backlash from fans and other athletes who say it’s an embarrassment. They call him a traitor because they think his actions disrespect the military.
In my opinion, I support and agree with Kaepernick is doing and with his statement because there are issues that need to be addressed, and people that don’t have a voice. Kaepernick didn’t start a fight or a riot; he protested peacefully.
If taking a knee means speaking out for what’s right, then maybe it will inspire others.