Obama says he "has a point."
Colin Kaepernick has been getting a lot of attention in the media, both good and bad. Last month, the NFL quarterback refused to stand during the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner at the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaep told the press explaining his silent protest.
Since then, there have been many athletes who showed disgust for his stance. However, there have been other celebrities who have supported Kaepernick’s decision—two of them being the head of our country, President Barack Obama, and rapper J. Cole. Over the weekend, both men lauded Kaep courageously sitting down while the national anthem was sung.
President Obama was speaking at a press conference in China when he said that Kaep was “exercising his constitutional right” to make a statement, just as other sports figures have done in the past. But Obama does point out the fact that it’s hard for everyone to understand where Kaep is coming from…
He Was Sincere
“When it comes to the flag and the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us—that is a tough thing for them to get past. But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. If nothing else, he’s generated more conversation about issues that have to be talked about,” Obama said.
It was “Messy”
Obama continued in saying that Kaep sitting out during the national anthem was “messy” but that’s just “the way democracy works.”
“I’d rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines not paying attention at all,” he said.