When former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remained seated during the national anthem before a preseason NFL game in 2016, he told the media the reason was simple:
“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 said. “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. ”
Kaepernick said he knew there would be repercussions — though few could have predicted exactly how far-reaching they would be. His protest started a movement, shone a spotlight on police brutality at the forefront of the national conversation and touched off a war between the NFL and President Trump. It also cost Kaepernick a career that had once been among the most promising we’d ever seen.
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