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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I Will Continue To Sit During The US National Anthem - US Footballer, Kaepernick


NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should "find a country
that works better for him" said Donald Trump after the
player's national anthem protest.
The Republican presidential nominee weighed in on the San
Francisco 49er's decision to sit during The Star-Spangled
Banner in a pre-game ceremony.
Mr Kaepernick said he will continue to sit out the national
anthem until he sees improvements in US race relations.
Mr Trump called the quarterback's controversial stand a
"terrible thing."
"I think it's a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should
find a country that works better for him," Mr Trump told
KIRO radio in Seattle. "Let him try. It won't happen."
Mr Kaepernick, 28, stirred controversy on Friday when he
sat during the national anthem before the San Francisco
49ers played the Green Bay Packers in an exhibition game.
The National Football League (NFL) player refused to stand
in protest at the oppression of people of colour in the US, he
said.
Racial tensions are mounting in the US, where a string of
recent police killings and subsequent revenge killings have
sparked protests across the nation.
But his actions have ignited a debate about respect,
patriotism and the right of free speech.
The response of Senior Airman Brian Kolfage, who lost three
limbs in Iraq in 2004, has been shared more than 30,000
times on Facebook .
"Next time I hear the national anthem I'll be sure to stand for
the both us since you feel that you've been oppressed. We live
in America, the land where no one is truly oppressed in the
grand scheme of things. If you want to see the real meaning of
oppressed I suggest you enlist in the military and travel abroad
to the Middle East where you will witness what oppression is.
Where women are beaten and killed in honour if they are raped,
where 6-year-old little girls are forced to marry men in their 60s,
that's just a little taste of what oppression is."
The US national anthem dos and don'ts
code is enshrined in law but not enforced
stand and face the flag
put right hand over heart
military in uniform and veterans should salute
What should you do during the US anthem?
Basketball legend, actor and writer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
wrote in the Washington Post that the NFL player deserved
plaudits for his patriotism.
"What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick's choice to
remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50
years after [Muhammad] Ali was banned from boxing for his
stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos's raised fists caused
public ostracisation and numerous death threats, we still need
to call attention to the same racial inequities."
The White House said it disagreed with Mr Kaepernick's
protest but that he had a right to express his views.
And the NFL world has been divided over it.
Jim Brown, former Cleveland Browns running back, said:
"He's within his rights and he's telling the truth as he sees it
and I am with him 100 percent."
But Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints quarterback, said he
wholeheartedly disagreed.
"He can speak out about a very important issue. But there
are plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful
manner that doesn't involve being disrespectful to the
American flag."
An NFL spokesman said players were "encouraged but not
required" to stand during the anthem.
Colin Kaepernick
28 years old, mixed race, adopted and raised by white
parents in Wisconsin
Joined the San Francisco 49ers in 2011
Former starter who led the team to the NFL's title game,
the Super Bowl, in 2013, which they lost to the Baltimore
Ravens. Since demoted to back-up
Has signature touchdown celebration known as
kaepernicking, involving the flexing and kissing of his
right bicep
Set an NFL record for the most rushing yards by a
quarterback (181) in the 2012 season play-offs
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