In recent days, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made a wave of headlines following his refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem in protest of police brutality within the United States.
Naturally, the move was met with a great deal of criticism that included the burning of his jersey by some fans and the questioning of his patriotism to the country where all his dreams came true.
“I’m not anti-American. I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this,” is what Kaepernick had to say. “I want to make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from. And those conversations are important to have, because the better we understand each other, the better we know each other, the better we can deal and communicate with each other, which ultimately puts everybody in a better position.”
Kaepernick, a bi-racial Black man who was adopted by white parents, began his protest during the 49ers’ preseason, which rose to national attention last Sunday when he sat out the National Anthem at the preseason finale.
While the criticism has been heavy, the support has overwhelming.
Among military personnel, the response has been reassuring, as far as the internet can see, with vets jumping on the #VeteransforKaepernick train on social media, expressing the strong belief that they have fought for Colin Kaepernick’s rights to either stand or sit in protest.
On Thursday, September 1 when the quarterback decided to stay seated during national anthem once more, he was joined by teammate Eric Reid as the two took a knee instead of sitting entirely as a sign of respect while still getting the point across.
A few more hours up north, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane followed Kap’s lead and remained seated during the national anthem, citing that it was so,etching he planned to keep doin until “justice is being served.”
While the protest is still a hot topic, and (hopefully) like to grow within the next few days, it seems that Kaepernick’s hair is now here to steal the show.
Rocking a very Soul Train-esque ‘do as of late, Kaepernick has presented us all with yet another reason to keep the conversation going.
Because, after all, you can never have too much Black Pride.
#KapSoBlack has delivered a platter of hilarity to the Twittersphere within the last 24 hours, and we hope it, and others like it, can last long enough to continue to spark some serious dialogue about race relations here in the States.
— Morgan Jerkins (@MorganJerkins) September 2, 2016
— Ashley Christina (@_itsashleyc_) September 2, 2016
Bruh. Kap's fro. . . . #KapSoBlack he got a diamond in the back, sunroof top, digging the scene with the gangsta lean. Woohoooooooo.
— Cocky McSwagsalot (@MoreAndAgain) September 2, 2016
— April ?? (@ReignOfApril) September 2, 2016
— Stacey E. Singleton (@staceyNYCDC) September 2, 2016