Beyonce Knowles’ mother, Tina Lawson, is the latest celebrity to weigh in on Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem. Posting a photo of the controversy being discussed on ‘First Take’, she writes:
The people that are so offended and apppalled [sic] by Mr. Kaebernick’s protest. I ‘d like to know if they are as outraged by all the senseless killing of minorities, all of the racial injustices in America, that people are okay with. We turn a blind eye to it and as long as it is not affecting us personally we avoid thinking , discussing , protesting , and doing a thing about it. Here is a man that is taking a non violent stand to bring attention to this horrible problem. He is not saying he does not love or respect his country or our flag,but the flag is supposed to be a symbol of freedom , equality, and justice for all !! Is that really what the flag stands for??? He is saying that it is hard to hear the song that says ” The land of the Free and the home of the brave.” Because it’s not true!!!!! He is truly being brave. Please support him for stepping out and taking a stand . Let’s not let them ostracize him let’s support him . Mr. Wade said it best “Enough is Enough” What will we do today to contribute to change no mater how small.
As previously reported, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he says are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States. His latest refusal to stand for the anthem came Friday night, before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay.
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. 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.