Colin Kaepernick Says He’s Received Death Threats Since Starting National Anthem Protest

September 22, 2016  |  

Colin Kaepernick protest

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You know you’re having an impact in your form of demonstration when it doesn’t just make the people you’re calling out angry, but uncomfortable. Uncomfortable to the point that they’re sending death threats in order to stop you. Colin Kaepernick said that he’s received threats since he started protesting the national anthem, but he isn’t phased by it.

“I’ve had a few come my way, but not too concerned about it.”

Kaepernick said he was aware that this could happen, along with possible violence, when he initially decided to speak out. But if someone were to try and harm him, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback said it would just prove what he’s been saying all along.

“If something like that were to happen, you’ve proved my point,” Kaepernick said, according to The Mercury News. “It’ll be loud and clear for everyone why it happened, and that would move this movement forward at a greater speed than what it is even now.”

He continued: “Granted, it’s not how I want it to happen, but that’s the realization of what could happen. I knew there were other things that came along with this when I first stood up and spoke about it. It’s not something I haven’t thought about.”

Kaepernick stated that until people start addressing why he’s protesting in the first place, he won’t stop, and neither will many other people who’ve taken part in kneeling, holding up their fists, or sitting during the playing of the national anthem.

“There’s a lot of racism disguised as patriotism in this country,” Kaepernick said. “And people don’t like to address that. And they don’t like to address what the root of this protest is.”

The quarterback also pointed out the killing of Terence Crutcher to further his point.

“They shot and killed a man and walked around like it wasn’t a human being.”

He continued, calling out his detractors.

“I find it very hard that people don’t understand what’s going on,” he said. “I think the message has been out there loud and clear for quite some time now.”

But aside from threats, Kaepernick has received a lot of support as well. It’s come from fans, as well as fellow football players and athletes from an array of different sports. One person who has even finally decided to offer support, or something like it, is fellow NFL quarterback Cam Newton. However, he’s also calling on everyone, to “police” themselves and do better by showing love to one another.

The caption for this picture, which read like a cryptogram, said this:

“I salute my brother, @kaepernick7 for making a stand for injustice in this country but…the real problem is and will always be the people and how we treat one another! I see a lot of memes and even articles about Cam vs. Kap; are they ok? But the truth is we are good and will always be good…We all are different and have the right to fill [sic] anyway we want to…And I salute him for standing (in this case kneeling) for something to if not to fix the issues, raise awareness of the issues. I’m an African American that’s Black and proud to the day I die and I try to make an impact in my community as much as I can. How are you making a difference? But it all goes for nothing if we all don’t police “ourselves” and love one another no matter what the race is! We all have to do better and be held accountable for our actions (police included)…I’m not here to talk about what’s right!!! And we all have to do what’s right no matter the race, age, or gender!”

A little all over the place, but I think you get the message…

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