The Right to Take a Stand … Or a Seat?

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Recently it seems that all social media revolves around is alcohol, being back in school, and the ever-consistent debate about racism and Black Lives Matter activism.  The most popular topic of racial debate is the current situation involving the San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick.

To kick-off Friday night’s preseason football game, Kaepernick decided to (ironically) take a stand by sitting for the performance of the National Anthem that evening.

During an exclusive interview after the game, Kaepernick told NFL media reporters that he was “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Because of the controversy that this stand (or sit) has caused, Kaepernick has experienced quite a bit of backlash.

Famous “rant” video enthusiast Tomi Lahren from The Blaze takes a lot of heat after going on a furious and, quite frankly, insane rant about the issue.

“When will those in black communities take a step back and take some responsi-damn-bility for the problems in black communities, because it seems to me blaming white people for all of your problems might make you the racist,” Lahren said.

The whole basis of her rant screams white supremacy and is the reason for a majority of the issues we still have today. Misguided, uneducated and white-privileged, she takes everything that Kaepernick stated out of context, warping it into something that she would want to hear in order to make him seem like the issue in this situation. Ignorance plays a major part in the racism that still exists today and her rant just further justifies his reason for sitting down.

Although Kaepernick did receive plenty of hate and backlash for the point he was trying to make, he also received support from people who are very important to the situation. On Twitter Tuesday there was a trending hashtag: #VeteransforKaepernick

Multiple veterans took a stand on social media stating that they fought for the freedom of speech, and not to use them and their service to justify the fact that you may not agree with how Kaepernick may have practiced the First Amendment.

Although not everyone will agree with Kaepernick, he makes an unyielding protest with this simple action and sparked a great deal of conversation involving the topic. Some people may not agree with the way he went about his protest, or they may disagree with some of his reasoning, but Kapernick’s peaceful protest was a spark in momentum and may have been that extra push to start an even larger movement.

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