Wednesday, September 14, 2016



49ers' Colin Kaepernick: 'I'll continue to sit' for national anthem

Link to article: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/49ers/2016/08/28/colin-kaepernick-continue-to-sit-national-anthem-san-francisco/89515810/

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(Photo of Colin Kaepernick)

Summary: This article discusses on Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, and his recent controversial decision to sit during the National Anthem. After the game reporters and others invaded him in the locker room to ask his reasoning on why he sat. He states that he sitting but standing for those being oppressed and being unjustified. He also states that people are dying in vain and that the country isn't giving its half of the bargain by bringing justice, liberty, and freedom. This is connecting to recent police killings and acts by police officers. This controversy has led fans to support him or go against him and some fans have even burned his jersey. 

Connection: This connects to the 1968 Olympics where athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos rose there black gloved fists in the air while the national anthem was playing and didn't place them down till it was finished. They did this after winning gold and bronze medals during the 200 meter running event. They said it was to showcase not a "black power salute" but a "human rights salute". This is considered one of the most overtly political statements in a Olympic games in modern history. 

Questions: Do you think what Colin Kaepernick is doing is disrespecting troops fighting in war? Do you think statements like these are appropriate or should be stopped? Do you agree with what they're doing? Why or why not?

19 comments:

  1. I think Kaepernick is doing this for a good cause, and that he has the right to do what he wants during the Anthem. His move has gained big publicity, and if it helped injustice in one instance, he will believe his actions to be worth it. Patriotism should not override Freedom of Speech and Action.

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  2. I understand how Kaepernick's actions could be found disrespectful, but I believe his statements are appropriate for the actions going on in the world. I think it's ignorant for those to believe that what he's doing is disrespectful because he's influencing others that he's looking down and disrespecting patriots. However, the people of this country have to understand that he stands for African American's oppression in the past, and present.

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  3. I see how his actions may be considered wrong, but I believe he has the right to stand up for what he believes in.

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  4. I stand with Kaepernick's choice because all the killings of blacks over the country is not showing freedom at all nor justice

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  5. Kaepernick's decision to sit during the anthem isn't disrespectful at all. Our soldiers fought for our freedom and if he chooses to sit during the anthem so be it. I support his decision to sit because nothing is being done with all the killings of black people so he's standing up for them.

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  6. I think that Kaepernick's decision wasn't disrespectful. It should be a personal decision if you want to stand or not during a national anthem. I don't agree or disagree with what he's doing but that's not the point. The point is that he shouldn't be judged so much for a personal choice of weather to stand or sit.

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  9. I think that Kaepernick's decision to sit down is justified. As long as he is not being violent or behaving in a way that disrespects the people who fight for our country, it is his right to raise awareness in the way he wants for what he believes in.

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  10. I believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and they also have a freedom of speech. However, I also think that there are many other ways that Kaeperick could have gone about dealing with the way he felt. I think that the way he wen about dealing with it was wrong. He could be doing public speakings and voicing his opinion on how he feels, instead of influencing people to disrespect our country. All lives matter.

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  11. I believe what Colin Kapernick is doing is independent from the army. I believe Colin Kapernick is taking a stand for equality. I believe that his actions are appropriate but they can be done in different ways. I believe he could have found a different way to stand for equality rather than disrespect the nation. However, I do agree with his stance.

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  12. Even though I personally disagree with Colin's acts. It is justified because according to our ammendments he is able to do what he wants to do because he is actually not breaking any law. But at least he is not standing for a good reason such a equality in the United States

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  13. I think that Kaepernick has his own opinions that would affect many people that he is concerned for. I do not think that he is not respecting the troops at war, he is showing his opinion on what is happening in the world. He is saying how many people are being affected by how America should be free but many people are being treated poorly. He is not standing for a cause that he thinks is unjustified.

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  14. I think that because we live in the US, Colin Kaepernick has the right to sit or kneel during the national anthem. Giving a player a punishment for not standing for the national anthem is not fair.

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  15. I don't think Colin Kaepernick is being disrespectful he is just voicing his opinion and trying to make a point because so far not many people have been listening.

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  16. No i do not think that Colin's decision to sit during the national anthem is disrespectful to U.S. troops. His decision is directed to police shootings rather then the lack of respect towards our troops. I think that people should just let my man do as he pleases and not throw a fit every time people do something which may seem to them as not right.

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  17. I agree with Elijah, he is not disrespecting the troops of the US but he wants to point out that police killings are going on without justice.

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  18. I think what Colin kaepernick is doing is not disspresepcting the troops fighting in the war. I think everyone has their freedom of speech of what to say or do. I personally cannot agree with what he is doing but I completely understand his reasoning and point of the whole incident is about. He is trying to make a point of what has been happening throughout America and it's big racial actions have proven to make many people angry as the US is still facing discrimination.

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  19. I think Colin Kaepernick's idea to kneel is wonderful. He has influenced so many players as well to kneel with him. I believe what he is doing is right because this country does oppress black people and it is shown through so many killings of people of color from the police.

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