With protesters now doing the same, people are asking: why did Colin Kaepernick take a knee? Let’s explore the NFL quarterback’s influence.
We are witnessing a wealth of protests and riots across the globe in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic death.
The news encouraged many to take to the streets and rally against racism, inequality and police brutality, with donation pages and petitions also gaining momentum to help show solidarity.
The public has protested in a variety of different ways, with the most popular being participation in Blackout Tuesday, which has proven controversial; some have argued that it made access to important information on social media difficult, while also claiming that silence won’t help.
Out on the streets, lots of protesters have shown a sense of community by taking a knee, which can be linked back to Colin Kaepernick…
Why did Colin Kaepernick take a knee?
Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem at the NFL games in protest of police brutality and social injustice against minorities, as noted by MarketWatch.
This historical action took place in 2016 and, of course, has had a lasting legacy.
Many have looked to the reserve quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers’ gesture and decided to do the same.
The image of people taking a knee has become a symbol of resistance against racial injustice in America. Lots of footage of protesters gathering to kneel down in opposition of intolerance has surfaced on social media and so forth, with more and more adopting the pose to show solidarity.
Most notably, many protesters in Washington DC were recently seen taking a knee while raising their fists in the air in defiance of the curfew that had been announced.
Here’s what Colin Kaepernick said
According to FiveThirtyEight, Colin told the media at the time of his protest:
“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.”
Now, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we are witnessing more NFL quarterbacks beginning to take a stand against injustice.
Eric Reid weighs in
Kneeling with Colin was also Eric Reid, who explained in The New York Times back in 2017:
“We chose to kneel because it’s a respectful gesture. I remember thinking our posture was like a flag flown at half-mast to mark a tragedy. It baffles me that our protest is still being misconstrued as disrespectful to the country, flag and military personnel. We chose it because it’s exactly the opposite.”
He also added: “It has always been my understanding that the brave men and women who fought and died for our country did so to ensure that we could live in a fair and free society, which includes the right to speak out in protest.”
In other news, charges in George Floyd case have changed.