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“People are dying in vain because this country isn't holding their end of the bargain up as far as, you know, giving freedom and justice and liberty to everybody”
~Colin Kaepernick
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”
~Colin Kaepernick
Ppl don't realize what's really going on in this country. There are a lot things that are going on that are unjust. Ppl aren't being held accountable for & that's something that needs to change. That's something that this country stands for: freedom, liberty & justice for all
~CK
I do want to be a representative of the African community, and I want to hold myself and dress myself in a way that reflects that. I want black kids to see me and think, 'Okay, he's carrying himself as a black man, and that's how a black man should carry himself
~Colin Kaepernick
“I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed”
~Colin Kaepernick
I think that's something that's hard for this country to address, is what the real issues are & coming to the point where we can admit that these are issues. Once we admit that, we can deal with it, we can fix them, & we can make this country & these communities a better place
CK
“There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality”
~Colin Kaepernick
“I have great respect for people's right to believe what they want to believe. And I don't think anybody should be prosecuted or judged based on what their beliefs are”
~Colin Kaepernick
We have a lot of ppl that are oppressed
We have a lot of ppl that arent treated equally
Arent given equal opportunities
Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed
There’s a lot of issues that need to B talked about
Need to be brought to life
We need to fix those
“Most people don't want to change. They're comfortable and set in their ways. But in order to change, you have to be able to agitate people at times. And I think that's something that's very necessary for us to improve as a country”
~Colin Kaepernick
I've had times where one of my roommates was moving out of the house in college & bc we were the only black people in that neighborhood, cops got called. We had guns drawn on us. Came in the house w/o knocking, guns drawn on my teammates and roommates. So I have experienced this
“We have a presidential candidate who's deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn't make sense to me, because if that was any other person, you'd be in prison. So what is this country really standing for?”
~Colin Kaepernick
“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country. I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone”
~Colin Kaepernick
SFPD has had a lot of issues & I think one of the issues that needs to be addressed is the racist text messages that have been passed back and forth between PD members, not only talking about the community but also talking about colleagues that work in the same dep as them
~CK
“A lot of them have families to feed, and I think it's a tragic situation where players aren't comfortable speaking what's on their mind or what's right because they're afraid of consequences that come along with it. That's not an ideal environment for anybody”
~Colin Kaepernick
“I’ll never take the easy way out”
~Colin Kaepernick
“This is because I'm seeing things happen to people that don't have a voice: people that don't have a platform to talk and have their voices heard and affect change. So I'm in the position where I can do that, and I'm going to do that for people that can't”
~Colin Kaepernick
“I realize that men and women of the military go out and sacrifice their lives and put their selves in harm's way for my freedom of speech and my freedoms in this country, and my freedom to take a seat or take a knee, so I have the utmost respect for them”
~Colin Kaepernick
“I think what I did was taken out of context and spun a different way”
~Colin Kaepernick
It was just something I didn't agree w what the flag was rep at this time & if you look at the original pic where ppl addressed it, I was trying to sit behind the coolers & out of the way ‘cause I didn't want to interrupt anybody else's right to stand and hold attn to the flag~CK
“People are terrified of them to the point where Trump wants to ban all Muslims from coming here, which is ridiculous”
~Colin Kaepernick
“People can talk all they want; that doesn't affect how I go about my business”
~Colin Kaepernick
‘Yeah, you're adopted. But this is your family.' I can remember my mom, she tells me this story: when I was little, I was looking at her, and I was like, 'Why isn't my skin the same color as yours?' She was like, 'Oh, you're adopted, but I wish I had pretty brown skin like you.'
“Nobody cares if you're black, white, straight, gay, Christian, Jewish, whatever it may be. When you step on that field, you're a member, in my case, the 49ers. That's your job, your occupation”
~Colin Kaepernick
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petitition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Ninth Amendment 🇺🇸
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people
"You have to stand proudly for the National Anthem or you shouldn't be playing. You shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country”
~Donald Trump
“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED”
~Donald Trump
“Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!”
~Donald Trump
The NFL did not take a formal roll-call vote when it passed its new national anthem resolution that will take effect this season, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed Thursday
~ESPN
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