At a pre-season pro football game Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand for the playing of the national anthem. He explained his protest after the game: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way."
As a result, Kaepernick has received an avalanche of criticism and racist abuse.
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Kaepernick has used social media to express his sympathy with the Black Lives Matter movement and his concern about police killings of African Americans. After the game, he commented: "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
The athlete continued: "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. ... If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right."
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Jon Schwarz, The Intercept: Colin Kaepernick Is Righter Than You Know: The National Anthem Is a Celebration of Slavery