Vets Defend Kaepernick With #VeteransForKaepernick

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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Military members and veterans rushed Wednesday to defend the football player who refused to stand during the National Anthem.

Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, received a lot of heat after his refusal to stand when the National Anthem was played during a pre-season game.

A Gold Star mother criticized him, saying that she lost her breath when she heard that Kaepernick couldn’t stand for the flag. A group of local veterans in San Francisco said that Kaepernick was “disrespecting their service.”

Military members and veterans came out to support him over Twitter with #VeteransForKaepernick.



Some veterans came out over Twitter to disagree with Kaepernick’s actions.


Kaepernick said he did not stand for the National Anthem because America “oppresses black people.”

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” Kaepernick told NFL Media.

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