The controversy over Colin Kaepernick’s protest continues to overload social media. Yesterday it seemed as though there was nothing but an onslaught of harsh comments from social medial users.
Many branded Kaepernick as unpatriotic for his actions. Not one but two amputee veterans jumped behind news cameras to express their livid opinions. One of these veterans went as far as calling Kaepernick an expletive on live news.
However this morning brings a completely different opinion from other veterans that have decided to come forward.
Tuesday night gave way for the world wide trending topic of #VeteransForKaepernick.
One by one U.S. veterans took to social media in order to share their piece. Many posted pictures of themselves in uniform along with a brief caption of why they support Kaepernick.
Some of the many captions included,
“ I served 25 years in the AF to protect everyone’s 1st Amend rights. I support you”
“I serve to protect your freedoms, not a song”
“My father, a Marine, served his country in Vietnam. He says “we’re far from justice for all”.
If you are unaware of the Kaepernick craze, since Friday night, our country has been up in arms after a football player refused to stand for the national anthem. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand with the rest of the stadium as the Star-Spangled Banner began to play. Instead he chose to stay seated.
Kaepernick claimed his action to sit was his way of protesting racial oppression in America.
In a statement, Kaepernick publically announced,
“I am not going to stand up and show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he told NFL Media.
“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.”