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Kaepernick's Mistake

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United and One It all began at the pre-season game: San Francisco 49ers versus the Green Bay Packers. The national anthem began playing and Colin Kaepernick remained seated on the bench. Kaepernick’s protest did not go unnoticed. News stations all over the country picked up on his protest and a spotlight fixated on the NFL quarterback; they interviewed the coaches following the game and Mark Sandritter, a writer for the SB Nation, wrote that the coaches confirmed that he did indeed sit for the national anthem. Two days after the protest, NFL media interviewed Kaepernick, and according to Nate Davis, a writer for USA today, Kaepernick stated, “I’ll continue to sit ... I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change, and when there’s significant change -- and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way it’s supposed to -- I’ll stand.” The protest spread like a raging fire throughout the country. According to Sandritter at the following game for the 49ers Kaepernick was joined by his teammate Eric Reid and by another player from the Seahawks. However, Kaepernick and his…show more content…
Putting a spotlight on himself and his freedoms will not make changes in this world. Yes, it may open some peoples’ eyes, but many eyes are already open to the fact that there are oppressed people out there. There are many other ways Kaepernick and his followers can make a difference. For example, they could donate a portion of the millions of dollars they make each year to the foundations that assist the oppressed. He could also create his own foundation so he knows that the money goes directly to the people who need it. However, in Kaepernick’s mind using his first amendment right is
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