Colin Kaepernick talked to the media on Sunday for the first time since he became the most talked about man in the NFL. Kaepernick, made headlines when he refused to stand up during the national anthem before a San Francisco 49ers preseason game, saying that ““I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
It was a bold move by Kaepernick, one that has led to people taking pretty extreme stances regarding athletes, race relations, and honoring the flag of the United States. Some may have thought that Kaepernick would try to soften his stance at a media appearance on Sunday, but he decided that he was going to use his airtime to let everyone know that this protest isn’t going to end anytime soon. (Quotes via Niners Wire)
Will you continue to sit?
CK: Yes. I’ll continue to sit. . . I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.
Among a bunch of other things, Kaepernick also talked about why he is the only player who is doing this and how he isn’t afraid of any consequences that could come from his actions.