Everyone Seems To Have An Opinion On Kaepernick's Protest. What's Yours?September 12, 2016
First, there was 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Then, there was soccer player Megan Rapinoe from the U.S. Women's National Team. Now, there seems to be a growing movement of athletes taking a knee during the national anthem.
Four Miami Dolphins players drew outrage for not standing during the anthem on the 15th anniversary of 9/11. But it's not just professional athletes — high schoolers around the country have followed suit.
Young men from Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois take a knee for injustice in America. pic.twitter.com/MZfKYOwjqz— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 10, 2016
11 & 12 y/o Beaumont Bulls football team in TX asked their coaches if they could kneel. All 22 players joined in. pic.twitter.com/PoBiCvPnRE— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 10, 2016
Kaepernick said he wouldn't "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. ... There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
For Kaepernick, those are the issues on the table: racism and police violence. But for many, his own actions are the problem. He was bombarded with outrage from people who saw his protest as disrespectful and unpatriotic.
Several people went as far as burning Kaepernick jerseys.
My niner fan uncle burning kaepernick jersey hahahahaha pic.twitter.com/oKjFSmfoTS— ♊️suzycreamcheese (@bdiiddy) December 8, 2014
We've noticed our audience has a lot to say about this topic. For people on both sides, this is not just an issue of politics — it reflects deeply personal ideas about morality. We want to hear what you think. Tweet us or tell us on Facebook, and we'll compile some responses to feature on our site.