Members of the military are coming together in a massive show of solidarity and encouragement for NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Taking to social media with a bold outpouring of support for Kaepernick’s controversial decision to sit during the National Anthem in protest of the police brutality epidemic against Black people, thousands of U.S. soldiers and military veterans of all races shared photos of themselves accompanied by passionate captions that included the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick.
Don't use my service–or that of any veteran–to justify the silencing of black Americans. Not on my watch. #VeteransForKaepernick— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 31, 2016
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The powerful gesture speaks volumes about why the reasoning behind Kaepernick’s decision is valid and necessary amid growing criticisms from politicians, other NFL players and some in the sports media community. If men and women who risk their lives to defend the American flag can stand behind the decision of a prominent public figure questioning the validity of its symbolism, surely that has to count for something big in the eyes of lawmakers, right?