Seeds: On August 26th, San Francisco 49s quarterback Colin Kaepernick stayed in his seat during the National Anthem, a few days later, he chose to take a knee instead of stand. When questioned about his decision he replied that he would not “stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
Core: Today President Obama gave a speech wherein he said that Kaepernick was “exercising his constitutional right” when he refused to stand up during the anthem.
Skin: Response to Kaepernick’s decision has been varied. Some people who disagreed with his decision said it was disrespectful to veterans and that he was not being a positive role model. Some were grateful that he chose peaceful methods of protest. Some say that his protest reached its goal of getting discussions going. Some veterans started a hashtag supporting him. His jersey sales have skyrocketed, another indication that people are supporting his decision.
Leaves: If Kaepernick’s endgame really was to instigate discussion then he is succeeding, given that his name trended on Twitter and the discussion continues on many sites and in the comments sections of articles.
Food For Thought: Do you support his decision? Would you ever choose to stay seated during the National Anthem?