Obama & Megan Rapinoe Are "In" On The National Anthem Protest Debate
Everyone is talking about the NFL player who just won't stand for the National Anthem.
The Short of It: U.S. soccer star Megan Ripanoe decided to kneel during the National Anthem on her match on Sunday night. She did this as a "nod" to San Francisco 49ers football player Colin Kaepernick who is refusing to stand during the National Anthem. Monday, President Obama also defended Kaepernick's actions.
The Longer Version of It: Last week, all eyes and critics were on Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers when he decided not to stand during the National Anthem. Kaepernick discussed why he chose not to stand, stating, "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."
After a week full of criticism from football fans and political peeps, many celebs are starting to talk about Kaepernick's actions.
CBS reported that soccer star, Megan Rapinoe, knelt while the National Anthem played during the Chicago Red Stars game on September 4. As both a movement of solidarity with Kaepernick.
"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties," she said. "It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”
Then, Obama took the stand and gave his two cents on the protest. "He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” the POTUS stated on Monday morning, according to NBC Sports. Obama even praised Kaepernick's "active citizenry."
The Takeaway: Obama put it best, that the U.S. is a nation of free speech. And being a part of the conversation is pretty important to the Prez. He even said, "I'd rather have young people who are engaged in the argument than people who are just sitting on the sidelines and not paying attention at all.” So keeping on sitting, Kaepernick, you are just exercising your rights.