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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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?