“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Colin Kaepernick set off a storm of controversy over the weekend when he refused to stand for the National Anthem. He did so in stated protest of the oppression of Black Americans and the images of black bodies lying dead in our nation’s streets. After the game, Kaepernick released the following statement to NFL media:
“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.”
Predictably, the response ranged from horrific racist smearing to passionate opinions defending and condemning his actions. Somewhere in the middle was a more measured response that reminded us that protest is our most fundamental American right. This country was founded on the premise that protest is vital to prevent oppression. This very country arose out of protest against taxation without representation and religious persecution in England.
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