So sitting down during the National Anthem has become a thing to talk about. For those unaware, and I can’t imagine how you don’t know about this, Colin Kaepernick, the QB for the San Fransisco 49ers, decided that he was going to just sit down for the National Anthem during the start of the NFL pre-season. When asked why he did this, his response was “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and¬†people of color. 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…”

How noble of him, really. I would believe him too… if this wasn’t the first season he sat down for the National Anthem. He pulled this stunt last year as well. Only there wasn’t any media about it. He also only did it for one or two games. For some reason, this season someone decided to put a mic in front of his mouth and let him speak. As soon as he spewed out about this being about Black Lives Matters, it became about the First Amendment and his right to a peaceful protest and freedom of speech/expression. Like it or not, he has a Constitutional right to do this. You might not like it, and by seeing all the videos of people burning Kaepernick jerseys, you don’t, he is allowed to freely protest. This is what our country is founded on. Freedom. Soldiers fought wars to secure this freedom and have a lot of those vets have come out and supported Kaepernick’s right to protest.¬†Now, personally, I think this is a horrible way to express his feelings, especially for this reason. If this protest was more about a war or how we treat veteran’s who come back from war to nothing and become homeless, then I would be more incline to be behind his cause.

This does not change the fact that he has the right to do what he is doing and I do support that. He has the right to protest over something he feels passionately about. Just like I have a right to voice my opinion in this blog, whether you agree with it or not, the First Amendment says so.

 

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