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I stand with Colin Kaepernick

San Fransisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand up for the national anthem. His actions caused a national controversy. He did this as a way to protest police killings and injustice for people of color.

What many people don’t realize is that his action was to change injustice.

His protest of the national anthem has started to spread and has been performed at different places at unexpected times. Players like Martellus Bennett, Jeremy Lane, Brandon Marshall, Arian Foster, Devin McCoutry, Kenny Stills, Jelani Jenkins and many more have shown support for Kaepernick by kneeling or raising their fists during the anthem. A member of the U.S. women’s soccer team, Megan Rapinoe, knelt in support of Kaepernick. She explained that she is disgusted at the way Kaepernick has been treated by his fans and all the hatred he is receiving.

People are making a really big deal about this situation. Kaepernick has the right to choose if he is going to stand up for the national anthem or not. It’s not like he was committing a crime. People should stop overreacting to this. In reality what he has been doing isn’t wrong.

Someone who stands up for what they believe in is an inspiring person. Kaepernick certainly inspires me. I believe what Kaepernick is doing is right. No matter the color of your skin, everyone deserves to be treated equally.

As a 49ers fan, I stand with Colin Kaepernick.

Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 18, 2015; Santa Clara, Calif.; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter. Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

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