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US military members are showing support for Colin Kaepernick with #VeteransForKaepernick

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches from the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the San Diego Chargers in Santa Clara Calif. Kaepernick's US military members are showing support for Colin Kaepernick with #VeteransForKaepernick
Stacy Diaz | 01 September, 2016, 11:29

Remember Ray Rice, Michael Vick, Aaron Hernandez, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and the countless other National Football League players linked to heinous crimes?

Rice, who is black and grew up poor in MS (so he's pretty familiar with the more hard side of the American experience), immediately felt the social media outrage.

Colin Kaepernick kicked up a huge firestorm when he refused to stand for the national anthem. His protest was because of what's going on in this country right now and the way black people - and others of color - are being treated. "I think that's where the disconnect lies, and that you can sit, Toner adds, "Yeah you can sit and do nothing about it or you can stand up and do something about it and I think that's the difference".

The issue on race is far beyond Kaepernick and his ability to change things.

Apparently he has not read the comments sections of dCourier.com; regardless, I agree that Kaepernick has an opinion. "I'm very happy that it is".

The team is scheduled to play Thursday against the San Diego Chargers in its final preseason matchup.

National Basketball Association legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offered a full-throated endorsement of Kaepernick's protest in a Washington Post editorial in which he called the failure to address deep-seated racism in the United States "what's really un-American here".

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan says he believes standing for the national anthem is a way for NFL players and coaches to show respect and give thanks to members of the armed forces.

Kaepernick is a contract employee of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kaepernick was slammed as unpatriotic and disrespectful. Not because Kaepernick isn't close to the player he was, but because, to the 49ers, he's become radioactive.

If Kaepernick will not stand for the people that have protected him and stand for a flag that has given him the ability to play a sport for a living, then what will he stand for? In 2012, he replaced the injured Alex Smith midway through the regular season, and led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl since 1994, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

Right away, social media warriors went to work, calling Kaepernick ungrateful, unpatriotic, arrogant, and a few other words that can't get printed in a family newspaper. "That's a principle that our country is founded on".

"I listened to him and he makes all the sense in the world".