If you’ve been following the news, you know that Colin Kaepernick is either a national hero or a freedom-hating communist.
Whichever side you lie on in this matter largely depends on your ethnicity and political leanings. Lines have been drawn firmly in the sand in regards to the decision of Colin Kapernick to not stand during the national anthem.
Most blacks and liberals are on the side of Colin, while white conservatives largely believe he’s a traitor.
It’s generated quite a heated debate about what patriotism really is and whether or not expressing your constitutional rights in a way other citizens don’t agree with makes you a traitor.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback though hasn’t let the controversy silence him.
Colin knelt with his arms folded during the performance of the U.S. national anthem during a pre-season game in San Diego on Thursday, continuing his pledge to protest racism and police brutality.
He wasn’t alone though with his silent protest. Kaepernick’s teammate Eric Reid also took a knee during the anthem, and a Seahawks player refused to stand during another Thursday night game.
Colin was unsurprisingly greeted with heavy boos from the crowd during pre-game warm-ups at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, which is home to U.S. Navy and Marine bases.
— FanSportsClips (@FanSportsClips) September 2, 2016
Kaepernick got lots of hugs after the anthem. pic.twitter.com/A90tPvb77U
— mary mad (@marymad) September 2, 2016
— KNBR (@KNBR) September 2, 2016
— Holger Mueller (@holgermu) September 2, 2016
Kaepernick standing and applauding on 49ers sideline as US veterans are asked to stand during break here in the second quarter
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 2, 2016
Kaepernick led San Francisco to the 2013 Super Bowl but has since lost his starting job.
He has vowed to not show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses people of color, citing police brutality. He is the latest black athlete to use the arena as a national platform in order to protest racial inequality.
Despite the hatred, Colin received a surprising (to Republicans) endorsement from military veterans.