Colin Kaepernick sat for first two preseason games without getting noticed. In the third game, a fan posted a picture on Twitter unrelated to Kaepernick, but it captured him sitting. The San Francisco 49ers released a statement confirming that he indeed sat during the national anthem.
That began to gain traction with various news sources. Kaepernick gave reasons for his actions, stating that it was not meant to be disrespectful toward military members and veterans, but instead a protest of the treatment of black people and people of color. To avoid offending military members, Kaepernick decided to kneel for the next game, while he was joined by teammate Eric Reid.
Kaepernick’s actions sparked many other athletes to follow suit during the anthem. Four Miami Dolphins players, a Kansas City Chiefs player, and even American soccer player Megan Rapinoe.
I respect the courageous actions of these players, but one question remains for me: What do they hope to accomplish from this? I know that the protest is for racial equality, but it is still unclear what they want the end result to be.