Colin Kaepernick's Fight For Prejuism In The NBA Argument

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Colin Kaepernick, a NFL quarterback who is currently a free agent, deserves to have a monument in honor of his fight for racism. Back in 2016, there were black males getting killed by police in unjust situations. Kaepernick felt this was unjust so he began kneeling during the National Anthem during games as a silent protest. This created a controversy about Kaepernick disrespecting the military and the flag but it also started a awareness movement around professional sports as athletes began to kneel during the National Anthem to support Kaepernick protest. As a rising star for the 49ers, Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2012-2013 season. His stardom began to peak there and he began to decline. At the start of the 2016-2017 season, two African Americans were killed in traffic stops and they were not a threat to the police. Kaepernick, a fellow African American, knew that blacks were being treated unequally by law enforcement and they were not being punished for their actions. During the first two preseason game, he sat during the national anthem but he didn't have a uniform because he was injured. It was until the third game were a photographer captured a picture of Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem. After the game, Kaepernick stated “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”. (Branch) His actions did not create attention but it was the beginning steps of his silent protest. In the 4th preseason game, he took a knee with fellow player Eric Reid. Many players from around the league began to follow. This began sparking the protest that left a big impact in sports history. Kaepernick received a lot of heat for kneeling during the national anthem. Many felt he was disrespecting the military and its flag. Others felt he was a bench player trying to be in the spotlight. Kaepernick stated the first day he protest that he “great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country”.(Branch) What many people who are against Kaepernick protest is that the military is only a portion of what our flag represents. Our flag represents freedom for all but African Americans are still being affected by

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