Black Lives Matter: Racism In The United States

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Perhaps you have heard of Colin Kaepernick, Pro Bowl and Super Bowl participant. Colin Kaepernick; was backup quarterback and now a free agent, has turned his platform into a protest by sitting and kneeling during the national anthem. Just one of many nfl players who kneel during the anthem. A silent protest to show support for people being oppressed in the United States. The Black Lives Matter issue began when Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman in July of 2013 , was acquitted for his crime and Trayvon Martin was put on trial for his own death. Black Lives Matter is a call to action and response to anti-black racism and a revolt that goes beyond the extrajudicial killings of black people by the police and vigilantes. Black Lives…show more content…
2). This is bigger than football Kaepernick says it would be selfish to look the other way. He also said “To me this is bigger than football, there are bodies in the streets and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder” he says. Initially Kaepernick was alone for the protest, not gaining national recognition until the third preseason game, getting lots of hate and death threats but then eventually in time he got lots of recognition, nfl players, professional athletes, college and high school player joining with him during the anthem. As every week passes more and more people join, the result of this was that Kaepernick’s jersey became the highest selling in the…show more content…
It matters because the movement has a voice, a spokesperson in a position to use his influence to bring about a change. The 49ers didn't want to cut the backup quarterback , because cutting him would be a public relations disaster. Their would have been protesters at the games, and the press conference would be getting away from football more and more. So the protest also helps Kaepernick out too with his career by bringing in 14.5 million dollars into his bank account. After all people still stay how bad of a person Kaepernick is, but he plays in a league where it welcomes back people who have beaten their wives, children, faced huge accusations, rape, drunk driving, and lots more bad things. So ultimately why does it matter what he does if he isn't hurting anyone. Kaepernick has said and has proven that he won’t stop soon and going to continue standing up for what he believes until this issue get solved. America has a tendency to act very harshly and hateful to people with different opinions. An example is Muhammad Ali, when he didn’t want to go and fight in the vietnam war, people did the same as they did to Kaepernick. You see Muhammad Ali, see Rosa Parks, and years from now, you’ll see Colin
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