Colin Kaepernick Says He Will "Continue to Sit" During the National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick spoke with media at a press conference on Sunday and gave more details on his protest againest the National Anthem.

Cary Edmondson
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Colin Kaepernick is pissing off a lot of NFL fans for not standing up during the singing of the National Anthem. Some are even trolling him by burning his jersey during the National Anthem while on video. But he doesn't seem to care because he is bringing his political agenda and activism for the Black Lives Matter movement, and how he feels he could bring awareness to NFL and unity amongst his team, NFL fans, and the entire country.

In a press conference on Sunday, the 49ers quarterback was questioned by the media about his protest against standing for the National Anthem, and detailed why he will "continue to sit" during the National Anthem.

#49ers Colin Kaepernick: "I'll continue to sit."

— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) August 28, 2016

Here is an excerpt from the 18-minute press conference with Kaepernick discussing his views on the lack of regard for the deaths of African-American citizens at the hands of police. You can watch more parts of his interview below.

#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 1

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016

#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 2

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016

#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 3

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016

#49ers Colin Kaepernick video Part 4

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016

Colin Kaepernick video Part 5

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 28, 2016

You can read the full transcript of Kaepernick's answers to questions about his mission to continue boycotting his pledge to the National Anthem, via SF Chronicle:

"People don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. People aren't being held accountable for. And that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for freedom, liberty and justice for all. And it's not happening for all right now."

As expected, several people across the country, including former 49er Alex Boone and Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, are against Kaepernick who deem him as being anti-patriotic. One woman, whom CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted her statement, lambasts Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem because her veteran son was casualty of the war in Afghanistan.

Whatever you may think about Colin Kaepernick's decision, here's how it impacted one Gold Star Mom.

— Jake Tapper, long-suffering Philly sports fan (@jaketapper) August 28, 2016

Also, here are some other Twitter reactions from people who are against Kaepernick's protest:

I had no idea that the third verse of the National Anthem celebrated the violent deaths of slaves

— Paul Ford (@ftrain) August 28, 2016

I normally don't do the Intercept, but wow, this article is illuminating re the history of the Star Spangled Banner

— Diana Was Right (@JoyAnnReid) August 28, 2016

But many are defending Kaepernick's protest based on the deeper meaning of the original context in which the U.S. National Anthem was penned. Francis Scott Key wrote the "Star Spangled Banner" during the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 as the American military was fighting the British over the annexation of Canada.

The original "Star-Spangled Banner" poem version is listed here, and is a stark reflection of how black lives didn't matter back then because the third verse of the poem mocks the deaths of black slaves. Many black slaves were recruited by the British army to help them defeat their American slaveholders. You can see the analysis by The Intercept in why they defend Kaepernick's motive for sitting out during the recital of the National Anthem at 49ers games. Maybethis is why we don't sing the original version today.

So, @Kaepernick7 educated himself on important social issues and used his platform to peacefully protest and spark convo. That's wrong why?

— Tony Cartagena (@TonyCartagena) August 28, 2016

People have every right to criticize Colin Kaepernick. And Colin Kaepernick has every right to say whatever he wants.

— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 28, 2016


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