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The 49ers quarterback has staged a months-long protest against police brutality, but did he miss an opportunity to have his activism heard even louder?
Colin Kaepernick did not vote this election.
When asked by a reporter if he had already voted or planned to vote later on Tuesday, the 49ers quarterback answered “no” to both questions
Reporter: Have you voted?— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 8, 2016
Colin Kaepernick: "No."
Reporter: Are you going to vote?
Though he has been vocal about his distate for both Hillary Clinton and Donald trump—unimpressed by their performances throughout the campaign—it is surprising that Kaepernick chose such a consequential stance.
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“It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” he said in September after the first presidential debate. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist.
“And at this point…you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”
But is not voting just as bad, or worse?
Kaepernick has staged a protest for the majority of the 2016 football season by taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem—part of his ongoing protest against police brutality and racial injustice.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said during the preseason. “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Hmm…not too sure about this one Colin….
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