On Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he refused to stand as the national anthem played before a game. Within 24 hours, fans were burning his jersey to let him know that what he did was wrong.
Afterwards, Kaepernick shamelessly tried to race-bait in order to defend his actions.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said of his protest. “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 getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
According to Young Conservatives, however, Kaepernick was actually never even raised among black people. Instead, he was raised by whites after his biological father left his then-pregnant mother, who eventually gave him up.
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Though many called on the 49ers to bench Kaepernick, they released a statement that appeared to almost defend him.
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” the 49ers said in a statement. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Niners coach Chip Kelly also did not condemn Kaepernick, saying that refusing to stand was his “his right as a citizen.” He added that “it’s not my right to tell him not to do something.”
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