Colin Kaepernick didn’t get the warm reception he was expecting on Sunday when the San Franciso 49ers played the Buffalo Bills.
Bills’ fans expected Kaepernick to sit during the National Anthem as he has done all season, but the Bills were ready for it with their own response to his protest. A loud patriotic “USA, USA” echoed throughout the stadium as Kaepernick kneeled during the anthem.
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The boos from the Bills’ fans continued for the first plays of the game when Kaepernick was on the field, then the fans went back to rooting for their defense. Many felt that the chant was to remind Kaepernick what country he is in and how they felt towards his “protest.”
Kaepernick disagreed with the chants. After the game, he spoke to the media saying, “I don’t understand what’s un-American about fighting for liberty and justice for everybody, for the equality this country says it stands for,” Kaepernick said. “To me, I see it as very patriotic and American to uphold the United States to the standards that it says it lives by.”
There were reports that fans at the game were throwing bottles at him as he was going into the tunnel after the game. Kaepernick seemingly mocked the bottle throwers by stating, “If they did, they didn’t have very good aim.”
He pointed out he had supporters stating, “But I had some Bills fans before the game come up and say they are supporting me, so I think it all depends on who the person is. At the end of the day, I’m going to continue to fight for what I’m fighting for.”
Kaepernick seems to think that his protest is patriotic, but most Americans see it as utterly disrespectful to the men and women that died for that flag and what that flag stands for.
Many Americans agree that some groups are oppressed in this country, but there are other ways of addressing and bringing to light these issues rather than sitting during the anthem.