On Sept. 1, 2016 in San Diego, San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the playing of the national anthem. The reasoning behind him taking a knee was due to his belief that there are too many social injustices going on in African American communities.
On April 29, 2011 San Francisco 49ers traded with the Denver Broncos for the 13th pick. Kaepernick was selected No. 36 in the 2011 draft. He played with the San Francisco 49ers at the quarterback position until March 3, 2016 when he opted out of his contract with the 49ers. Since then, he has donated $700,000 for the oppressed areas in the United States. He also spearheaded the relief for the five million affected by famine in Somalia. Colin sent out tweets, emails and letters to help get food, water, and clothing taken to Somalia in a jumbo jet.
Now let’s fast forward to a year later. On Sept. 23, 2017 President Donald Trump made a statement that every NFL owner should fire any player that takes a knee during the national anthem.
Then he continued his speech by calling those that take a knee “a son of a bitch.” He said they are disrespecting the American flag and there is no place for peaceful protest. The next day, players all over the NFL took a knee during the national anthem as a response to Donald Trump.
Now again through social media and several other outlets our country is becoming divided. As a biracial male, I have had several instances of racism in my life. What really upsets me though is that my Caucasian friends act as if they see no injustice. They act as if the players had no right to take a knee during the anthem. Let me say this: I have members in my own family that have nothing to do with me due to the color of my skin. I have heard many racist comments this week. “If you don’t stand for the National Anthem you should go back to where you came from.” ” These people make up excuses all the time; racism is dead.” I will tell you racism is not dead. I do not have the same freedoms that are offered to my own Caucasian mother. I have also heard “you are so light-skinned that you can pass as a white man.” The ignorance that some people spew from their mouths. No African American is saying that you have to have the same beliefs or opinions as we do, all we are saying is the inequality and injustices need to stop. We need to remember we were created the same, our blood is the same color, our love for our country is the same. I am not asking you to kneel, I don’t even kneel just because I was raised not to. However, if my son or my brother asked me to, I would. Where do you stand ?