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African American Veteran Has One Suggestion to Kaepernick After Shunning National Anthem

African American U.S. Army Ranger Dorian Majied doesn’t agree with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decision to remain seated during the National Anthem.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” said Kaepernick as to why he decided to sit during the anthem. “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.”

Instead of hurling irrelevant and hateful comments at Kaepernick for exercising his right to free speech, Majied had an intelligible response.

“I understand Kaepernick’s intention, however I disagree with his means,” Majied told Independent Journal Review.

“His NBA counterparts protested the same ideas in a way that neither hurt the country, nor ignored the ideals that people of color have fought and died which; ideals represented by the symbolism of the American Flag and words of the National Anthem.
“As a member of a national organization, reaping the benefits of a country that apparently oppresses people who look like him, his argument is thin on a personal level.”

Majied said that if the quarterback really wanted to effect change he could “write his congressman, he could petition, he could picket.” Even so, he still said Kaepernick had a right to sit through the anthem.

“To refuse to stand for the National Anthem is his right as an American, and I support that right, however I do not agree with that action,” he said. “There are a myriad of other ways to conduct social protest for people of color, that don’t, whether by intent or otherwise, ignore the American principles that have given rise to extreme integration within a single American generation.”

Source: Mad World News
Photo: Independent Journal Review/Dorian Majied, Centrio Times

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