Over the weekend, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick instantly became the most polarizing character in the NFL when he decided not to stand for the national anthem ahead of a preseason game.
There are varying differences about the quarterback and if he has ever experienced true oppression against people of color and ESPN’s Stan Verrett seemed to have a strong opinion of him last night.
During a late episode of SportsCenter Monday night, Verrett, accompanied by Neil Everett, got on the topic of Kaepernick. He talked about his father, who served in World War II, coming back from service and not getting the same freedoms a white man would or how his mother wasn’t allowed to go to universities in the state of Louisiana, despite being high school valedictorian, because of her skin color.
He recognized what the flag and the national anthem represent, but he also talked about how America doesn’t always live up to what we expect it to. It was certainly a strong message.
Well said, Stan.
Until people begin to realize that Colin Kaepernick has every right to say or do whatever he pleases when it comes to the national anthem, because that is what the flag represents, we will never move forward as a nation.