San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest will continue on into the upcoming NFL season.
Kaepernick has caused quite a bit of controversy in the NFL. During recent games, the 28-year-old quarterback has not been standing up for the national anthem. He has said he is doing this to protest the racial injustice and inequality African-Americans face in the United States.
After the protest became a national discussion, the Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association threatened to stop sending cops to the 49ers’ games if Kaepernick was kept on the team, which could leave them without security.
However, after cutting the team down by 20 players, the 49ers decided to keep Kaepernick on the roster. He will be the backup to starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert, according to Daily Mail.
Those against the protest have called him anti-American, but Kaepernick feels differently. The NFL star said he loves America and wants to get people talking about police brutality. He even promised to donate his first $1 million earned this season to charity. He already donated $60,000 to buy backpacks for children in both Harlem and the Bronx.
“I’m not anti-American. I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this,” Kaepernick explained.
He continued, “We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.”
Even though it is understandable as to why Kaepernick’s protest could be seen as “anti-American,” he does have good intentions for not standing up during the national anthem. Police brutality is a huge problem for the African-American community, so it is great that he is doing something to get people discussing this issue. Hopefully, his protest leads to peaceful conversations and possible solutions, rather than more division between police and African-Americans in the United States.