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President Obama defends Kaepernick's anthem protest
President Barack Obama said at a CNN presidential town hall Wednesday that he respected Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem.
By Daniella Diaz, CNN

Washington (CNN): President Barack Obama said at a CNN presidential town hall Wednesday that he respected Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem.

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback started the protest last month after he sat during the national anthem for a preseason game, saying he would not “show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Since then, other professional athletes have also chosen not to stand for the national anthem, sparking a national debate.

A member of the audience at the town hall, which was moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, asked what the President thought about Kaepernick’s protest.

“Lately, some players in the NFL have been choosing to take a knee during the national anthem, a time which I believe should be reserved to respect our service members,” the man said. “As commander in chief, how do you feel about those NFL players choosing this respected time to voice their opinions?”

Obama responded: “Well, as I’ve said before, I believe that us honoring our flag and our anthem is part of what binds us together as a nation. But I also always try to remind folks that part of what makes this country special is that we respect people’s rights to have a different opinion.”

Obama added that he believes protesters should be aware that the reason they are able to share their opinions are because people “fight” for them to be able to do so.

“The test of our fidelity to our Constitution, to freedom of speech, to our Bill of Rights, is not when it’s easy, but when it’s hard,” he said. “We fight sometimes so that people can do things that we disagree with … As long as they’re doing it within the law, then we can voice our opinion objecting to it but it’s also their right.”

The President also continued that it is important for “everybody to listen to each other.”

“I want (the protesters) to listen to the pain that that may cause somebody who, for example, had a spouse or a child who was killed in combat and why it hurts them to see somebody not standing,” Obama said. “But I also want people to think about the pain he may be expressing about somebody who’s lost a loved one that they think was unfairly shot.”

Earlier this month, Obama made similar comments about the quarterback, saying he was “exercising his constitutional right” by not standing for the national anthem.

“I got to confess that I haven’t been thinking about football while I’ve been over here and I haven’t been follow this closely,” Obama said September 5 during a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 summit in China. “But my understanding, at least, is that is he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so.”



h/t: Daniella Diaz at CNN

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Colin Kaepernick: 'Embarrassing' that Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton are candidates
The San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback didn't hold back on his debate thoughts.

Colin Kaepernick watched “a little bit” of Monday’s presidential debate, and he didn’t come away impressed with either candidate.

The San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback, who has been kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest since the preseason, hopes for change with racial inequality in the United States. But Kaepernick doesn’t feel either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will assist the movement.

“It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick told reporters Tuesday. “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.”

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Nice. Colin Kaepernick continues to be real, certainly all his “progressive” and “liberal” supporters will cheer him on!

Oh, wait…

Like do people somehow miss the irony of this? Do fuckwads like Bill Maher not realize that they are making the same “shut up and play the football!11111″ argument that people against his protest make?

But Kaepernick made the mistake of pointing out that the candidates of both major parties exploit racist rhetoric and have helped build the system of racism that he is protesting.

Colin Kaepernick is unafraid to call out racist bullshit wherever he finds it. I’d rather salute him than salute a flag.

EDIT:

I came back. This has got me too infuriated. I like how Maher tries to dictate to Kaepernick what is within the acceptable confines of his “protest”. Colin Kaepernick can protest racism by kneeling during the anthem, but he can’t protest racism by pointing out the ways both major parties embrace and articulate racism.

Fuck Bill Maher.

09/28/16

Jeremy Lin Gets Real

“On Colin Kapernick and protest against injustice against people of color:

‘I will say the one thing that I will make sure is I don’t want to do anything alone. I want something to be united, I want there to be solidarity, because I don’t want it to be X versus Y, or Group A versus Group B versus Group C or whatever. It has to be, if I do anything, I would want to be behind a stand of unity, because I think that’s what we need. That’s what I think our nation needs right now.’

‘The one thing I will say is that I’m very thankful there is an increase in exposure and awareness about it, because I think that’s something that even though it’s such a big topic and even though it’s been going on for such a long time — like, hundreds of years — in some ways it was kind of swept under the rug until recently.

'I think a lot of people that weren’t necessarily interested in it before, are now engaged in it, and I think that’s always going to be the first step towards any change, which if we’re realistic and if we’re looking at long-term change or big-time change to be long-term, there are systemic issues, there are social issues that aren’t going to be solved overnight. But the quicker we can get talking about it, the more I think things will happen.’”

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Unarmed Black Man Shot To Death By Police after Car Broke Down On Side of The Road

Yet another unarmed Man was fatally shot by trigger happy police Sunday night. Terence was on his way home from his community college night class and was trying to get some roadside assistance to get back home. Instead what he got was bullets in his lungs. 

Officers en route to an unrelated call, saw his car on the side of the road and pulled over to investigate the vehicle around 7:40 p.m. According to police, when they spotted Terence they told him to put his hands up but he refused to comply so they shot him. However, the newly released dashcam video contradicts their story.…..surprise surprise. Terence can be seen in police dashcam video walking toward his SUV with his hands up and officers following behind him before he’s shocked with a stun gun and then fatally shot. 

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan announced Monday before the department released the shooting footage that 40-year-old Terence Crutcher had no weapon on him or in his SUV. 

Terence Crutcher, 40, died at a Tulsa hospital on Friday night shortly after the violent confrontation, the Tulsa World reported.

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