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NFL's Colin Kaepernick is protesting national anthem, says country oppresses black people

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While some NFL players are giving opinions in the media that are making us cringe, others are taking huge steps to stand up for injustice in many forms. For San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, he is choosing not to stand for the singing of the national anthem and acknowledgement of the American flag, in a very public protest. In an exclusive interview with NFL media, Kaepernick talked about his decision.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. 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."

And while the WNBA tried to fine its players for making a statement, the 49ers respect Kaepernick's decision, saying, "The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem."

Kaepernick elaborated for reporters.

Of course, white tears are in abundance.

But others have his back.

Fortunately, the quarterback isn't worried about any of it. He said, "This is not something that I am going to run by anybody. I am not looking for approval. I have to stand up for people that are oppressed. If they take football away, my endorsements from me, I know that I stood up for what is right." He also said that he wanted to go public about his feelings on the matter for a while but wanted to "understand the situation better." What do you think of Kaepernick's protest? Do you agree? What are other things you think athletes can do to fight injustice? Sound off in the comments!

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Trey Mangum is the lead editor of ShadowAndAct.com. Follow him on Twitter @treymangum.