The Kaepernick Effect

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Eric Reid #35 and Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline, during the anthem, prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Eric Reid #35 and Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline, during the anthem, prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Eric Reid #35 and Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel on the sideline, during the anthem, prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers defeated the 49ers 46-27. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

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The flashing stadium lights blind him. The roar of the crowd pierces his ears in deep waves. He can’t help but be reminded that he’s in front of millions of 636084602228050827-2016-09-02-colin-kaepernick2-1people, some in the stadium and some behind their tv screens. There’s a moment of silence. “It’s time,” he thinks to himself as the familiar tune begins to play. He watches his teammates, his brothers, his family put their hands over their hearts and began to stand. He doesn’t. He does something else. He starts a movement that many others would not have been courageous enough to do. He watches them, heart pounding, as he begins to kneel and firmly plants his knee into the rough, gritty turf. It’s game time.

    On September 18, 2016 Colin Kaepernick, #7 of the San Francisco 49ers kneeled on the sidelines during the

national anthem, accompanied by #35, Eric Reid. This iconic moment has led to the birth of “The Kaepernick Effect,” and citizens all over the US have begun to not only kneel, but also raise their fists, and even stay seated during the national anthem at social events. F

ollowing Kaepernick’s silent protest, on September 19, 2016, four Eagles raised their fist in solidarity during the anthem. Then, on September 20, 2016, several members of Oakland Unified School District’s Honor Band kneeled while the “Star Spangled Banner” played. These are just a few examples. This effect continues to spread across the country.

   Kneeling with Kaepernick is a movement that has not only encouraged many citizens, but also discouraged many other citizens across the nation. Some people view the movement as an act against America. Yet, America is a country that gives people the freedom of speech and the freedom to protest; so why are so many citizens against it? America is not perfect. We have certain challenges that we have yet to face, and some we even refuse to. We need to start addressing these challenges and learn how to overcome them.

    Although this is a silent protest, it speaks volumes. Colin Kaepernick’s intentions were not to offend anyone, but rather to speak up and protest an ongoing problem in America: not just police shootings, but racial inequalities and injustices in all communities.0249ers-websub-master315

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