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Colin Kaepernick’s 'Stand' for Equality: As Responses to Protests Go, the NFL Scores
By: Bulldog Reporter
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Colin Kaepernick has chosen to remain seated during the playing of the National Anthem to protest what he calls oppression in our country of black people, and the NFL is okay with that. In fact, its statement on the issue was downright bland:

“Players are encouraged but not required to stand during the playing of the National Anthem.”

For a league that claims iconic status in the American zeitgeist—and as a result has the power to influence the mindset of its millions of diehard fans—this shrug of the shoulders spoke volumes, in a good way. The league recognizes its players are human, and have their own beliefs, ethics, and foibles, and will allow them to express them as long as they don’t negatively affect the sport.

In 2014, several Rams players came out onto the field with their hands raised in a “don’t shoot” gesture in protest of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It was a powerful statement, and the league sought no disciplinary action then either.

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