by: the Common Constitutionalist
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It’s not often that sports and politics cross paths. Sure, the fact that the sports press is more liberal than their news counterparts is widely known, or should be, but I’m speaking of the athletes.
Every once in a while athletes will take a political or cultural stand, but it is still the exception, which is why the Colin Kaepernick story has garnered so much press.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sat during the national anthem prior to the start of an NFL preseason game a couple of weeks ago and again, took a knee, rather than stand during the last. He says he is doing this to show solidarity for oppressed blacks.
It’s one thing for a grown man to voice his opinion in such a way, but it’s quite another to consciously or unwittingly influence children to mimic his actions. It seems Kaepernick’s antics have “inspired” six fifth-graders to take a knee during the reciting of their school’s Pledge of Allegiance.