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Amendment rights during the Star-Spangled Banner when it’s played prior to football games. (Interestingly enough, Kaepernick was born right here in Milwaukee.)

Big deal, right? After all, New York State senators sat during the Pledge of Allegiance in protest, and military veterans are speaking out about how sitting for the national anthem is the “most American thing ever.”

Not according to some people, such as those who are burning replicas of his jersey (that they paid good money to buy, which makes very little sense) and denouncing him as an America-hating traitor.

President Obama said that Kaepernick is exercising his right to make a statement, and he is—he’s making a statement that’s loud and clear. Considering he clarified his reasons during a post-game press conference in early September, there’s little doubt that Kaepernick is talking about “two Americas” when it comes to the criminal justice system.

“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 told reporters.

What’s exceedingly strange is that the same people who called Muhammad Ali a true American hero just a few months ago are angry with Kaepernick, who’s protesting racial oppression in the U.S. 

Ali refused to join the Vietnam war when he was drafted, telling the Houston Chronicle, “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?”

What Do You Think?

I’d love to hear whether you’re a jersey-burner or you support Kaepernick’s right to sit down during the national anthem… and why you feel the way you feel. Please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter!

Carlos Gamino

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Colin Kaepernick—a name you may not have recognized until early September—decided to take a knee during the national anthem. Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, chooses to exercise his First 
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