Kaepernick Protest National Anthem


Skylar Hampton, Writer

On Friday, August 26, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick caused a nation-wide controversy when he refused to stand during the national anthem. Kaepernick explained that in doing so, he was protesting the discrimination and hatred of the United States.

On August 28, the 49er’s quarterback participated in an eighteen-minute press statement, in which he explained his motivation behind such a protest.

The quarterback stated that he refuses to show pride for a country that oppresses African Americans.

Kaepernick said that he would continue to sit until a change was made in society. He also explained that he has felt this way for quite a while, but with even more oppression arising through the media, he decided to make his opinion public.

According to the NFL, players are not required to stand during the national anthem, but they are strongly encouraged. Therefore, no reprimands will result from Kaepernick’s decision.

Shortly after this controversy hit the news, Kaepernick’s birth mother, Heidi Russo, released a statement on Twitter saying that he had “brought shame to the family”. His birth mother gave birth to Colin when she was only 19, which urged her choice to place him up for adoption. With Kaepernick’s birth father being half black, she explained that there were better ways to protest for equal rights.

In the week since Kaepernick’s decision has gone viral, he has made no comments on social media, including no response to Russo’s tweets.