The National Football League’s Colin Kaepernick has not stood for the playing of the National Anthem at his past three preseason games because, according to him, America "oppresses black people and people of color" and there are dead "bodies in the street" who were "murdered" by cops. The quarterback also believes that "white supremacy" is the "standard" American practice.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," the quarterback told Steve Wyche of NFL Media. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
The 49ers QB continued: "This is not something that I am going to run by anybody," he said. "I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. . . . If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right."
Kaepernick’s Twitter feed is rife with retweets from the controversial Black Lives Matter race-hustler and faux journalist of the New York Daily News, Shaun King—who came under fire for falsely claiming to be black. On Thursday, the quarterback retweeted a message which claimed that “white supremacy” is not “whiteness gone wild,” but “standard" "practice” in America.
"Folks always want to make it seem like White Supremacy is whiteness gone wild. No. It's a standard [American Flag emoji] practice," reads King's tweet.
Kaepernick, who is biracial, was adopted by white people, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick, when he was just weeks old after Kaepernick’s biological father split on his 19-year-old mother when he found out she was pregnant.