Starting San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem of a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers last week. Kaepernick is protesting the unfair treatment of people of color and has stated he will not stand during the National Anthem until things change for oppressed people in America.
Both his team and the National Football League have issued statements distancing themselves from, but not reprimanding, the act.
The United States has a long history of athletes standing up (or sitting down in this case), for social issues. In the 60s and 70s many athletes protested the treatment of African Americans and religious beliefs, most notably Muhammad Ali during his refusal to fight for America in the Vietnam War.
Kaepernick has every right to protest for and bring awareness to oppressed people in America. Unfortunately, if he is looking for a complete solution for oppressed people, he will be sitting for a while. At the end of the day, Kaepernick has a $61 million guaranteed contract. If he truly wants to help oppressed people, starting a non profit or helping promote entrepreneurs in need would be a great start.