Kaepernick admitted when he started protest that what Trump is saying now is correct
When Colin Kaepernick‘s national anthem protests began during the 2016 pre-season, he affirmed to reporters at the time that he refused to stand because he did not want to honor the flag of the United States of America.I am not at all surprised that liberals are trying to rewrite the history of the protest and claim it is not about the flag. In fact, many of the supporters of the protests denigrate the US flag.
It was August 26, 2016 and Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers were playing the Green Bay Packers in a preseason contest. Kaepernick, recently relegated to bench-warmer status for the team he had once led to the Super Bowl, chose to stay seated on that bench while the rest of his team and everyone else at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA rose to their feet in a sign of unity for our country. (Yes, there was a time when simply standing was the “sign of unity” we showed during the national anthem, no linking of arms needed.)
Kaepernick is the “Rosa Parks” of the NFL anthem protests so his original motivation, at the very moment that the movement began, is critical. His words are clear. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Now, it’s clear that what Kaepernick perceives as an inherent racism that permeates the country’s judicial system resulting in the murder of innocent black Americans at the hands of the government is what is animating his opinion of the flag and the country. But it is intellectually dishonest to say that his refusal to stand was not meant as a protest against the flag.