Colin Kaepernick Anthem Protest By Dylan Thom

Although many people see the national anthem as a representation of freedom, in fact there are others like Colin Kaepernick and Phillip Malloy, that though at first unaccepted, they continue to challenge this action with their different beliefs. Though both at first struggle they show bravery and defiance to face the angry crowds and raise awareness for their cause.

A high schooler named Phillip sings along to the national anthem even though he's not supposed to. This leads to a suspension and when a reporter hears the story it blows up across the country. When teachers, principals, and even his classmates take sides it leads a to a struggle over right and wrong with Phillip stuck in the middle of it.

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Realizing your personal freedom and expressing it no matter who tells you not to is an important part of becoming an adult.

Watch the video below to see his perspective and watch the last thirty seconds

While the fans rage about disrespect that Kaepernick has caused and how he doesn't have this right, soldier's ghosts are saying they died for his right to sit or stand.

“Someone who had attended Monday's Redskins/Steelers game noted that fans sang "God Bless America" during a break in the game. Another dryly replied: "I wonder if Colin Kaepernick would kneel through that as well." Most of the troops standing around laughed in approval.

Kaepernick sits for the national anthem and immediately people are demanding a reason. Kaepernick is sitting in a crowd that are all standing which draws attention to his cause.

But a few service members quietly fumed--a sign of how Kaepernick's stance is quietly dividing those uniform, especially here in The Pentagon.

The debate over Kaepernick's gesture has devolved into a mutually exclusive choice between patriotism or support for #BlackLivesMatter. And because of that, it has put troops who support Kaepernick's call for the nation to address police shootings in the middle. Do you still support your country (even if you wear the uniform) or the cause Kaepernick said he is trying to shine a light on?”

Kaepernick's protest has spread to players and fans around the league.

-“The 49ers issued a statement about Kaepernick's choice not to partake in the pregame ceremony:The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose [to] participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem. On Aug. 30, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported the 49ers are worried about Kaepernick potentially being a distraction and divisive force in the locker room:”

These two quotes show the team's concern on the attention this protest will bring. Many others also have concerns on this protest and the consequences.

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