He refused to Salute the flag, what’s the issue? on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


14-things-you-should-know-about-colin-kaepernick-before-he-becomes-wildly-famousSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will probably never stand up during the national anthem again. Kaepernick, 28, sparked controversy when he sat through the national anthem at a preseason game this weekend.

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people,” he said after the game.

The quarterback remained defiant amid the firestorm of criticism directed his way after the 49ers loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

Kaepernick said nothing is going to change as long as there is injustice and police brutality toward black people in America.

I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” said Kaepernick, who is biracial and was adopted by white parents.

“To me this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Even though he risks being cut by the team for his stance, Kaepernick says the message he is sending is very necessary.

No one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about,” he said on Sunday. “I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed…”

Kaepernick criticized the lax hiring process for cops in America.

“You can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist,” Kaepernick said. “That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

Is Kaepernick wrong for his strong stance on police brutality and racial profiling?

We’re addressing your calls, comments and opinions on this subject on tonight’s “Conversations Of A Sistah” at 6:30 p.m. EST. in our studios at 1-917-889-7872 – Just press “1” to speak with me, your host.

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22 thoughts on “He refused to Salute the flag, what’s the issue? on “Conversations Of A Sistah”

  1. At least he did something. Not enuff pro athletes willing to cause flack for doing what’s right. for calling out a system of racist mofo’s

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  2. Maybe if more of these entertainers and athletes who white folks exploit like circus animals for their own gains, took this approach the black community could stop losing their men, boys and ultimately the black family. Stop the erosion of the black family. We see you Kaepernick 😛

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  3. I’m sorry but because he has a successful career, he is no longer oppressed and can longer speak on injustice.

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      • So because you live in a warm and climate controlled home, you shouldn’t fight for the homeless rights to have and enjoy the same level of HUMAN comfort as you?

        SMDH

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      • Angelhair,
        Maybe you missed the point, his paycheck has nothing to do with what he stands for, if it did he wouldn’t have put his job on the line.

        High 5 to Colin.

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  4. I BELIEVE each and every BLACK MAN, WOMAN and CHILD should BOYCOTT any single SPONSOR who drop *COLIN KAEPERNICK* over his BOLD and MUCH NEEDED STANCE over INJUSTICE against US.

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  5. I don’t blame him and why are we mad at him for doing it? I mean it doesn’t matter who does the protesting just as long as the job gets done. Some say he’s too rich to understand and I guess you can be to poor to understand too. I know poor people who think Donald Dump can do a great job soooo.

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  6. More black people with huge platforms, should follow his lead. He is definitely bringing much deserved attention to a “swept under the rug for too long” topic.

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  7. Francis Scott Key , The man who wrote the national anthem was a slave owner! When he wrote the star spangled banner he didn’t have black people in mind. The same goes for John Newton, he’s the racist slave owner behind the song Amazing Grace. http://www.theroot.com/article….

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  8. Our ancestors have been weeping for a mighty long time. They may have given us the push we needed cause some of us including me have been sleep far too long. #COLINISAWAKE!!!

    Good show Trace.

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  9. So for those who say rich black folks aren’t oppressed, what about that tennis player who was tackled. Or the NBA player who got his leg broken. By a cop. I’ll wait.

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    • You dont got to wait. It’s happening every second of the day. I have a theory that if every black person post ever instant of police brutality that it would crash the internet.

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