Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racism and police brutality took a more serious turn after he decided to take a knee once again during Thursday’s pre-season NFL game.
The 49ers quarterback declared that he would rather kneel than sit in order “to show more respect for men and women who fight for the country.”
Odd as his behavior may have been to many, he may have found support in his teammate Eric Reid. Reid knelt beside him before the game commenced between the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers.
Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racism may have struck a raw nerve among local fans, as it was the Chargers’ 28th Annual Salute to the Military night, CNN reported. The hometown crowd was vocal in showing its displeasure, as they booed the 28-year-old football player who has vowed to continue taking a knee in his forthcoming games.
During a post-game news conference, he stated, “As far as how long this goes, I’m not sure.”
“I want to be able to affect change and I think there are a lot of other people who do as well,” he added.
It is common knowledge that Colin Kaepernick’s is biracial, which observers believe could have triggered his protest against racism. He has previously explained that he will not stand during the national anthem because he will not “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Aside from his teammate Reid, the two-time Western Athletic Offensive Player of the Year has also found an ally in American writer and civil rights activist Shaun King. In his Facebook page, King narrated the events that led to Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the 49ers-Chargers game.
“Colin invited Nate [Boyer] down to the game in San Diego so they could have an open dialogue about America, injustice, the military, the Star Spangled Banner, and so much more,” he said in his post.
“They met for a good 90 minutes and talked about what a compromise would look like for Colin,” King continued.
“This is where Colin agreed to take a knee during the National Anthem,” he shared. “Colin has always loved and respected the men and women who serve.”
It seems Colin Kaepernick protest against racism will continue as long as bigotry remains in the hearts of his fellow Americans.