By Fernanda M. Tovar
I remember Colin Kaepernick’s kneel during the national anthem being a stance against police brutality and racial injustices that African Americans face in the United States and as support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
I don’t remember it being a sign of disrespect to the American flag or to the soldiers who have fought for this country.
What upsets me the most about this is Trump recently adding his two cents and having his army of followers join in.
Kaepernick wasn’t physically hurting anyone. He didn’t do any name calling. He didn’t curse at any particular group of people. He didn’t intentionally try to hurt anybody’s feelings. He simply did what he thought was right with the social status he has, something that other people have done in the past, too.
Kaepernick said he wasn’t 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.”
Yes, Kaepernick, preach.
With the advancements of technology and social media, there is light being shed on things like this that have been happening for centuries. We don’t need textbooks (who don’t even teach us the real history, by the way) to tell us what happened.
My social media accounts get flooded with videos and pictures of people of color being killed by police and then the officers and others who are responsible for it walk free and paid.
Trump calling Kaepernick and other players S.O.B.s is pretty ridiculous. He turned this peaceful protest into another chance to make people hate others, just like he has done his entire time in office.