National Civil Rights Museum President Defends Colin Kaepernick

August 30, 2016 | Updated: 9:09 a.m., August 30, 2016

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 27: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 27, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The Carindals defeated the 49ers 47-7. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not backing down from his decision to remain seated in protest during the national anthem at pre-season games.

“I’ll continue to sit. I’m going to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick told reporters Sunday. “To me this is something that has to change and when there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country-is representing the way that it’s supposed to-I’ll stand.”

And now the president of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee is backing him up.

Terri Freeman, president of NCRM, told Local Memphis that Kaepernick’s protest was about what he sees as unjust and doesn’t mean he doesn’t love his country.

“That doesn’t suggest that he’s not patriotic. That doesn’t suggest that he doesn’t love his country,” said Freeman.

However, Kaepernick has received backlash online, many calling his actions disrespectful to our country and those who have served to protect our freedom.

Kaepernick isn’t the first athlete to take a stand against racial injustice.


In Jackie Robinson’s 1972 autobiography “I Never Had It Made,” he wrote, “I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know that I am a black man in a white world.”

Two American Olympic runners, Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a black power salute during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City as the anthem was playing.

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