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Kaepernick Controversy Invades the Nation

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Mackenzie Powers, Staff Writer

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On Thursday, September 1st, NFL player, Colin Kaepernick, took a strong action during the national anthem. Instead of standing for the song, he knelt. When approached about this action Kaepernick says, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Many people disagree with Kaepernick and hateful posts on social media started erupting. On the other hand, many people are joining the movement to stay seated during the national anthem. Teams from all across the states contain players that have remained seated, ranging from high school to pro, football to soccer, young and old. Other football teams such as the Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, and the Seattle Seahawks all have players that have joined Kaepernick.

When asked about his opinion on this subject, Kaepernick’s coach, Chip Kelly, said, “It is his right as a citizen.” On the other hand, the USA men’s hockey coach said, “If any of my players sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there for the rest of the game.”

The standing of the national anthem is encouraged but not required. Therefore, Kaepernick believes he needs to express his rights as a citizen and express his opinions on the issue.

The press went to President Barack Obama and asked his take on this controversy. “Listen to the pain that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat, and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing,” Obama explained. He obviously does not agree with the actions being taken by many sports players.

Local high schools such as JD and Nottingham have football players that have joined in on kneeling and not supporting the national anthem. Westhill football quarterback Zavion Barrot speaks his mind on the issue. “Let me put it this way, if I died do you think the whole black community would kneel down for me during football games? Sure it’s okay to kneel down for family members or friends, that’s fine, but black people die in the streets everyday and I have no legitimate reason of my own to kneel down.” The Kaepernick movement has spread across the country and remains a well-known controversy.

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