By Makayla Smith
September 27, 2016; 10:20 AM
The national anthem is a way to show unity in our country, but what it does not show is the actual issues that are happening everyday around us. Some people have become blind to the fact that some of the things we study in our history classes still go on today.
Racial issues still go on everyday in the United States. This summer during pre-season football in the NFL, one of the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks, Colin Kaepernick, decided he would sit and, then later on, kneel for the National Anthem to ‘tackle’ the issue of racism.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” this is what Kaepernick told the NFL Network (Carpenter), after he first sat on August 26, 2016. This created a controversial issue in the United States and in the sports world. Kaepernick had now become the number one topic of peoples’ everyday conversations.
In my opinion, the way he has come at this situation was completely wrong. The football field is not the time or the place to discuss these types of problems, take the issues off the field. The NFL is a place where patriotism is a big deal; it is the NATIONAL Football League after all. If one player does something different than the others, of course it is going to break the internet. Personally, I think there are other ways that Kaepernick could have come about the issue. A lot of people might see his actions as him disrespecting our country.
Yet, while his actions have taken away from football, Kaepernick has started a trend. Now more and more athletes are kneeling during the national anthem, or holding up fists. This would not be the first time athletes have done this, but this goes to show that some of the racism issues might have changed, but they have not changed our community’s actions enough.
Yes, there are still racial issues going on in America that some people refuse to pay attention to. People refuse to talk about these issues of racial inequality because America is supposed to be the home of the free and the brave. But, the way Kaepernick presented himself is just going to cause more issues. Kaepernick has lost respect from so many people.
Barriers still exist and we as the people, need to work together to break those barriers. If we refuse to change, nothing will ever get better.