Quarterback pledges one million dollars to charity as his protest continues
SAN DIEGO,CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 1, 2016)(COMCAST BAY AREA SPORTS) -San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued his protest of police oppression of minorities by kneeling along the sideline during the national anthem Thursday night (September 1) Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem saying he will not “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
“The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. We have a lot of people that are oppressed we have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally that aren’t given equal opportunity. Police brutality is a huge is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. there are a lot of issues that need to be talked about and need to be brought to life and we need to fix those things,” Kaepernick told a packed room full of reporters after the game.
Kaepernick received scattered boos when he dropped to one knee. Moments later he was booed heavily when he to took the field to start the game.
After the game Kaepernick said he will continue his protest, become involved in communities to help deal with racial injustice and donate some of his salary to the cause.
He also said his actions have been taken out of context.