As a History teacher, the majority of our country's history centers around segregation and discrimination. No matter how you look at it, America was not founded on values of equality. It started with the forced removal of Native Americans from their lands, land which they were on long before the White settlers came from Europe. It then moved into Slavery, which was somewhat abolished by the passage of the 13th Amendment, although if you really read the wording of the amendment, slavery is still very much legal in today's society. The next 100 years may have been worse for African-Americans than any other period in their history in America. Finally, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 seemed to be bringing change to America....Not so fast my friend. African Americans still face the harsh realities that they are treated differently just because the color of their skin on a daily basis. As a white male, living in America, I do not even pretend to know what it is like to live in America as an African American, but I am definitely not dumb enough to believe that they live the same life I do.
Sorry for the history lesson, but it is easy to see why Kaepernick is taking his stand against the injustices in America. Do i necessarily agree in him not standing for the National Anthem, heck no, but I also believe in the 1st Amendment.