Soccer star kneels during National Anthem

It’s been obvious since the moment Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem last week that the protest would spread.

Yesterday, it did when soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the National Anthem before last evening’s National Women’s Soccer League match between the Chicago Red Stars and the Seattle Reign, for whom Rapinoe plays.

“It was very intentional,” she told American Soccer Now. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

Related: Obama: Colin Kaepernick exercising his constitutional right (Chicago Tribune)

  • Joseph Stans

    I applaud both these athletes for standing for their principles and the principles we should all support. Far too many people give lip service to our ideals but do not support the fundamentals.

  • lindblomeagles

    Megan Rapinoe is 100% right. Nothing she said was wrong. Lost in the media’s, (including NPR), overwhelming coverage of Donald Trump, who still maintains criminals and drug dealers come from Mexico and terrorists from the Muslim World, were the 5 states whose Voter ID programs were ruled unconstitutional THIS SUMMER because they were acts of race-based voter discrimination (two of them are next to Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin), the bathroom law IN North Carolina which discriminates against the GLBT Community AND Maine’s Governor, Le Page, who was being pressured to resign last week for racially insensitive remarks about Blacks AND Hispanics. And YES, whites do need to stand with people of color on these race issues. The US Flag isn’t representing everybody, and hasn’t for sometime.

    • jon

      I don’t believe the US flag has ever represented freedom and equality for everyone.

      There was a time when blacks were enslaved, when no irish need apply, Gays weren’t allowed to marry, and sexual orientation is still a viable reason to be evicted or fired. Then there are transgender issue in NC, and I suspect that as one oppressed minority begins to trek the path towards equality another community will begin to speak up about their oppression… atheists, or humanists, or transgender, or furries, or…

      The Flag SHOULD represent an ideal, it SHOULD speak to the words on the seal of the US “E Pluribus Unum” [out of many, one.] as the higher ideals we should hold ourselves too, at least as a path we should be trying to walk… If it does or does not, that is up to those who would stand to honor the flag to decide for themselves.

      Though, I’ll add it was the dictation from the many to the few as to what is and is not ok that created their view that the flag isn’t a symbol of equality…
      Out of Many, One.