Social media has exploded over the past few days with reaction to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit on the bench while the national anthem is played.
Kaepernick told reporters over the weekend that his action is a protest against police violence directed at people of color, which stirred up a firestorm of controversy. He was first shown not standing during the team’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday and has since said his demonstration will continue until there is change.
The internet continues to respond to Kaepernick, who the 49ers have not yet decided to make him starting quarterback for the team when the season begins. Many have applauded his decision to take a stand:
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) August 29, 2016
Shout out the NFL players who feel the need to speak against Colin Kaepernick but haven’t said a mumblin’ word against state violence. — Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) August 29, 2016
Others, like former NFL wide receiver Terell Owens are somewhere in the middle…
Still, those like conservative commentator Larry Elder and former talk show host Montel Williams have been soundly critical…