On Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump added his two cents to the backlash against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest.
"I have followed it and I think it’s personally not a good thing," Trump told The Dori Monson Show. "I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him, let him try, it’s not gonna happen."
In an interview, Kaepernick told reporters that he would be protesting throughout the season, saying, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." Many people who disagree with Kaepernick's protest have failed to see or ignored the reason for the football player's decision, instead condemning him for disrespecting those who have served.
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Still, some have sided with Kaepernick, including director Spike Lee, who equated the quarterback's decision to sit during the national anthem to Muhammad Ali's protest of the Vietnam War and Tommie Smith And John Carlos' raised fists during the 1968 Olympics.
"For Whatever It's Worth I Support My Brother," Lee tweeted. "Of The Issues He Raised None Are LIES. Colin Is Demonstrating The Same Courage Of Smith, Carlos And Ali. YA-DIG? SHO-NUFF."
Good Morning. It Seems To Me A lot Of Folks Are Jumping On Colin Kaepernick's Ass About Not Standing Up For The #National Anthem Have Forgotten About Tommie Smith And John Carlos Raising Black Gloved Fists At The 1968 Olympics And Ali's Refusal To Be Inducted Into The U.S. Army For The Vietnam War. These Are The Same Acts Of Protest Black Athletes Should Know Before They Sound Off On Colin. For Whatever It's Worth I Support My Brother. Of The Issues He Raised None Are LIES. Colin Is Demonstrating The Same Courage Of Smith, Carlos And Ali. YA-DIG? SHO-NUFF. And Dat's Da Truth,Truth. Spike Lee From Planet Brooklyn.