Colin Kaepernick’s protest during the U.S. national anthem has spread through other NFL players and reached women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe on Sunday. A little more than a week after Kaepernick stayed seated during a preseason game, U.S. President Barack Obama had a question about it land at his feet during a press conference.
Obama didn’t have much to say that hasn’t been said already — Kaepernick is exercising his Constitutional right, men and women that serve in the military see the flag and anthem as a symbol of freedom, it’s created an ongoing conversation about police brutality that wouldn’t be happening otherwise.
“I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about.”
It’s great to hear him get behind Kaepernick, because if there’s one thing that will cause mostly white people screaming about how a black man is disrespecting America by sitting during a song, it’s support from a President who most of the angry people think is a secret Muslim. That guy who burned his Kaepernick jersey is probably deleting all the Infowars links he’s posted to Facebook since last Friday.
I’m glad this is over and Kaepernick can rest easy now about all this unrest.