By Natasha Coleman
A while back former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick started to sit during the national anthem to take a stand against social injustices for African Americans in our country. Some saw this as him disrespecting the flag and those who have served our military. After having a conversation with a veteran, he was told it would be more respectful to take a knee. Many NFL players supported Colin, and they also took a knee during the national anthem. This was in no shape or form a way to disrespect anyone, but instead an act of activism to bring light to the issues that are happening to African Americans every day.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “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.”
President Trump even had unnecessary words to say about players who took a knee. To this day Colin has not been signed by a team, and we would highly assume that it is because he chose to take a knee. Here we two years later, and the NFL has created a policy that states players will be fined for kneeling during the national anthem. They will be given the option to stay in the locker room if they would like. The policy and statement released by the owner talks about this idea of respect. It was never Colin Kaepernick’s’ intent to disrespect anyone. It is unfortunate that players are being silenced for how they took a stand on social injustices. We still have black people being killed in our streets, being mistreated by police because of the color of their skin, and we still have a justice system that is against black people. At some point, we can’t keep silencing people who want to bring light to these issues and also at the same time we need higher authorities to take action for some of these issues that exist in our county.