Colin Kaepernick and San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid took a knee Thursday night during the National Anthem in protest to end police brutality and racial oppression in America.
This is Kaepernick’s fourth time refusing to stand during the National Anthem; however, Colin is now facing new scrutiny following Thursday night’s boycott. Last night marked military night at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium — over 240 military personnel unfurled a “U.S. Super Flag” while a sailor sang the “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Colin has been blasted with critics for not acting like an “American,” but according to the athlete, he will not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Kaepernick said last week, “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.”
Colin, meanwhile, isn’t just creating controversy with boycotting the nation’s anthem, but instead is putting money where his mouth is. On Thursday night, the 28-year-old revealed that he will be “donating the first million dollars I make this year to different organizations to help these communities and help these people.”
As Kaepernick continues to make headlines, folks are creating memes to discuss the controversial and heated discussion.