Last season, quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred up plenty of controversy for his decision to not stand during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. Now, Colin Kaepernick is causing controversy again, but for doing the opposite this time.
Last week, Kaepernick announced that he will end his protest of the national anthem and stand during the anthem next season. Now even though Kaepernick has decided to end his protest, many people are still angry at Kaepernick for ending his protest.
Kaepernick already faced a plethora of hate from what many felt was “disrespecting the country”, he receives more backlash for ending his protest right before free agency. People think that he ended his protest just so he could have a better chance of being re-signed by the 49ers, or signed by another team during free agency.
Honestly, I think his decision to kneel and now stand during the anthem are both justified. When he protested, he started a movement that brought light to the police brutality issue that America is facing. While police brutality was already a hot topic in the country, Kaepernick’s protest helped bring this topic to a bigger audience. Throughout his protest, Kaepernick was able to bring more awareness while also inspiring other athletes to follow in his footsteps and protest for justice.
And when he decided to stand again, I think at this point he realized that although he has brought awareness to this issue, there are still unarmed citizens being hurt and killed by police brutality. There is but so much a peaceful protest can do.