This debate just got A LOT hotter!
On Monday, President Barack Obama addressed the ongoing controversy surrounding NFL star Colin Kaepernick and his decision NOT to stand during the national anthem.
According to Barack, Colin is simply “exercising his constitutional right” and engaging in “active citizenry”. The prez’s stance isn’t too surprising considering he supports many of the social issues Kaepernick aims to defend with his peaceful protest.
Speaking on the 49ers quarterback right to free speech, Obama explained:
“He’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement… maybe some critics will see he has a point around justice and equality. Sometimes it’s messy. But that’s how democracy works.”
“Messy”, indeed! Colin’s decision has starkly divided this country over recent weeks — we can only imagine how POTUS’ defense will play out in the media!
The father of two went on to add:
“As a general matter, when it comes to the flag the national anthem and the meaning that holds for our men and women in uniform and those who’ve fought for us — that is a tough thing for them to get past to then hear what his deeper concerns are. But I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and if nothing else what he’s doing has generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”
Well, it’s hard to deny the “legitimate issues” plaguing America right now. It’s been a very violent and concerning year thus far, especially in terms of race.
Summing up his opinion, Barack reiterated:
“But I’d rather have young people engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than those who are just sitting on the sidelines.”
In a surprising twist, at the time of this writing Donald Trump has yet to speak out on the president’s comments. We imagine it’s only a matter of time before Drumpf takes to Twitter to awaken his legion of trolls.
So, what do YOU think of the president’s defense of Colin?
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