During the singing of the national anthem of this year’s preseason, Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49’ers, refused to stand as the national anthem played. Since then, he has continued his disrespectful actions and has not stood for any of the games this year. Although it is not required for one to stand during the anthem, it is what is most respectful.
As a spectator of the game, I disapproved of Kaepernick’s actions, because we have soldiers who put their life on the line for our country. This man did not have the decency to stand for those who have fought for his family, his country, and his rights, such as his right to play football as a career.
Just due to it being what is most respectful, I do not expect him to jump on the bandwagon because of what his career is and what all of his teammates do.
Kaepernick has his reasonings as to why he didn’t stand; it is rumored that race relations had a strong impact behind his actions.
In an exclusive interview Kaepernick stated, “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.”
While some of the content of his statement is true, I strongly disagree with how he is choosing to react to it.
Kaepernick is an influence to all those who watch — football from children to adults. While his reasonings could be understood, I believe he should’ve looked past them, purely for the good of those who are influenced by him. Kaepernick should have stood for the anthem, not only out of respect for his country, but out of respect for those who look to him for inspiration.