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What Should We Think About Colin Kaepernick Refusing to Stand During the National Anthem?

Colin_kaepernickIf you pay much attention to sports or news in general, it’d would’ve been hard to miss the story that’s surrounded San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick over the last several days. At a preseason game last Friday night, Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. Here’s how he later explained his decision:

“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.”*

Those are provocative comments, to be sure. And not surprisingly, they elicited strong responses, both for and against. Media personalities weighed in, as did former teammates, various other NFL players and coaches, athletes from other sports, military personnel and their parents, police officers, and so on. Maybe you did, too.

So what should we think about Colin Kaepernick?