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For the past couple of days, there has been a whirlwind of criticism for San Fransisco 49ers Quarterback, Colin Kaepernick’s, choice not to stand during the singing of the National Anthem.
After the game, Kaepernick explained in detail his reasoning for choosing not to stand.
“It’s to bring awareness and make people realize what is really going on in this country. There are a lot of things that are going on that is unjust, people aren’t being held accountable for and that’s something that needs to change.”
“This country stands for freedom, liberty, justice for all — and it’s not happening for all right now.”
“I’ll continue to sit, I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change and when there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what its supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way its supposed to, I’ll stand.”
“There are people being murdered unjustly and not being held accountable. Cops are getting paid leave for killing people.”
Since taking his stance, there have been to agree with him, as well as, disagree.
The King of The South, T.I., shared his thoughts on social media.
This is the gentleman who wrote the song U want US to stand up for???? Listen, I respect the troops. I respect their efforts. However,I also acknowledge that black soldiers fought & died in WW2 to defend freedoms & liberties overseas that they couldn't even receive for themselves when they made it back home as veterans. Me standing UP(or not standing)for mines shouldn't be taken as an insult against yours….. UNLESS you hope to continue to oppress US & devalue our position in American society. Now y'all eat that up…. Side note: I was suspended in middle school for not standing up for the pledge. This POV ain't new to me.
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