Colin Kaepernick NFL National Anthem Protest
Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started an NFL wide protest of the national anthem for oppression of African-American citizens in the United States. The protest continues to bring in other players from around the league to stand up to police brutality that is currently plaguing the U.S. and its citizens. This list includes Running Back Arian Foster, Wide Receiver Kenny Stills, both players are from the Miami Dolphins. There is also 49ers Safety Eric Reid and Denver Broncos Linebacker Brandon Marshall who currently kneel. Other players raise their fists while standing such as the Kansas City Chiefs Cornerback (and the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015) Marcus Peters, and the Los Angeles Rams Defensive End Robert Quinn.
“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 said in an interview with NFL.com.
Multiple people have responded to his protests with agreement as well as disagreement. Even 49ers CEO Jed York has donated $1 million to improve racial and economic inequality to the San Francisco Foundation and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Kaepernick started his protests Week 1 and 2 of the NFL preseason against the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos, but this initial protest went unnoticed. It was Week 3 versus the Green Bay Packers that Kaepernick was noticed, and the protest went viral. Since then, multiple people have given their opinion about Colin Kaepernick and his protests such as the Most Valuable Player of the NFL of 2015 quarterback Cam Newton and NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.