By: Katie Bailey
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protests which is causing waves of praise and disappointment to fans and the American people.
Kaepernick refuses to stand for the National Anthem saying in an interview after playing Green Bay, “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 made his decision to go public when he lost his starting position as quarterback and did not receive a trade, which he was hoping for.
“He was obviously losing his job,” said Junior Griffin Durst. “He wasn’t making money so this is how he gets the attention.”
The controversy views are that Kaepernick is disrespectful to not show patriotism for the country in which he lives and that has the right as an American to sit or kneel during the National Anthem. Some agree with Kaepernick saying that America has its issues with oppression of race but believe he could have demonstrated his beliefs in some other way.
Athletes have began joining Kaepernick in his beliefs and Eric Reid just so happened to be one of the first. Interestingly, some vets are supporting their decision by stating, “We have fought so they could have this right.”
As for other players, Jerry Rice, former 49ers player is not so impressed with Kaepernicks views.
Rice tweeted, “All lives matter. So much going on in this world today. Can we all just get along! Colin, I respect your stance but don’t disrespect the Flag.”
Not only is the controversy floating throughout the NFL but is finding its way into class discussions at high schools across the country.
Ripley High newspaper staff took a pole that showed split views on the subject and some indifferent.
Kaeperick discussed his feelings with his family and decided to be more involved in rights for black people. He plans on continuing his protest and does not plan on looking for approval from anyone.