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Last year, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided that he could not stand proudly for the U.S. national anthem played before every game. During a post-game interview, he explained: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Kaepernick himself has experienced profiling. Although he is wealthier than any of the officers who have pulled him over on suspicion.
For black people, America is not the “land of the free.” Never has been.
This year, he chose to kneel during the anthem – kneeling being a symbol of respect – instead of sitting. Many other athletes joined him. “Taking the knee” during the national anthem spread throughout the league.
The President called the athletes “sons of bitches” and wanted them all fired.
Which would probably reduce NFL telecasts to referees blowing whistles at each other.
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