Colin Kaepernick has made national headlines over the weekend after he refused to stand up during the national anthem at a recent 49ers preseason game. Kaepernick, who is biracial and was adopted by white parents decided that he will take a stand against racial injustice for Black people in America.

When asked about it, Kaepenick said he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.”

Kaep said that he didn’t run his actions by anybody prior to sitting out the national anthem. “I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed.”

According to USA Today the 49ers will not be punishing him for using his right to freedom of speech:

Kaepernick is 28. Malcolm X was 28 when he came out of prison with an evolving self-awareness. I’m twice that old but constantly working on self-awareness. And so is this nation, which Kaepernick shone a light on in his own way.

There’s nothing in NFL policy mandating that players must stand for the anthem, as much as you know the image-conscious, corporate-backed league stands on the principles of patriotism. The 49ers haven’t admonished Kaepernick, either, recognizing the American principles of self-expression while also pointing out liberties afforded U.S. citizens.

It’s a fine line, and the Niners and NFL had surely better realize that other cases could be just around the corner as societal concerns continue to stay in the headlines — which go far beyond the world of football as Colin Kaepernick reminded us.

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