What did Colin Kaepernick do? Colin took a knee during the National Anthem to protest police brutality and racism against people of color. Kaepernick was not the only person to knee during the National Anthem 28 other athletes joined him. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said in an interview with the NFL media. How does this affect Kaepernick? This affected not only Kaepernick but the whole 49ers organization. This got the players and coaches shocked and distracted from the game of football. This protest also raised awareness for police brutality and how it affects people.