On Friday night, San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a powerful stand against police brutality and the unfair treatment of African Americans in the United States by refusing to stand during the national anthem during a preseason game.
In an interview after the game, Kaepernick explained why he hadn’t stood with the rest of his team:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick’s team stood by him and said:
“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
The decision predictably infuriated racists across the country – most of the attacks stemming from rabid Trump supporters. It didn’t take long before America’s bigots were flooding social media with the “N-word” and attacking the football player for bringing attention to what is clearly one of America’s biggest social justice issues at the moment. The attacks varied from comments about how much money Kaepernick earns to putting down his playing skills. And of course, there was a blatant denial of racism in America. Here are just some of the attacks:
Thank goodness for this Twitter user, who called these moronic Trump supporters out:
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