All over the internet people are discussing Kaepernick's decision to not stand during the national anthem. Some Americans were appalled by how he acted especially fans. Videos of fans burning Kaepernick's jersey have gone viral. Many feel as if he has disrespected the flag, the country, and the soldiers that died for him. While other Americans believe that he has the right to sit during the pledge of allegiance. Which side is right? Does Kaepernick have the right to sit during the national anthem? My opinion is that he does have the right.
Kaepernick's reasoning for sitting down during the pledge is a truly great reason. Kaepernick didn't stand because he was protesting police brutality. The problem with police brutality has been spreading throughout the media. Police brutality is a terrible misuse of power and many people are outraged. He felt that he shouldn't pledge his allegiance to a country that police officers are able to cause so much pain. He has the right to protest and express his opinion in this country.
Kaepernick choice to peacefully protest instead of causing a riot, or distracting others during the pledge. He never hurt anyone during his protest, but so many are offended still. He sat there quietly during the pledge and then went on with the game. I would understand why people would be offended, if he decided to yell, or choose to protest violently. There is no where in the constitution where it states you have to stand for the national anthem.
Trump states almost every time he gives a speech that America is not great and many people rally behind him. For some reason it is wrong when Colin Kaepernick sits down peacefully for a good reason people lash out. Our country is not always great we have our flaws, just like many other countries. We have been taught to look up to those who have stood up for what they believe in, but now people are burning a man jersey for standing up against police brutality.
This event has thrown the whole United States into a conversation. Should Colin Kaepernick and others be allowed to sit during the national anthem? That is yours to decide.