A Fox host who apparently has not been paying attention to what Colin Kaepernick has been saying about his refusal to stand for the national anthem was shut down without a single word from the 49ers QB.
During a press conference on Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback took several questions from reporters, including one about his teammate Eric Reed joining his protest.
“Me and Eric had many conversations,” Kaepernick said. “He approached me and said, ‘I support what you’re doing. I support what your message is. Let’s think about how we can do this together.’”
Last week, Kaepernick pissed off conservatives across the country by refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest of police brutality against black people.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said after playing the Green Bay Packers. “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.”
Kaepernick reiterated his stance on Thursday by calling out the oppression and inequality that the African-American community continues to face over 50 years after the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act were passed by Congress in 1964 and 1965 respectively.
“We have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed.”
Kaepernick couldn’t have been any more clear about his reasons for the protest. But Fox Sports host Jason Whitlock was either not paying attention or just wanted to bait Kaepernick into making a gaffe.
“You’ve said ‘police brutality,’ Whitlock began when it was his turn to address Kaepernick. “You’ve said ‘a lot of issues.’ That’s not that clear. If you’re gonna make this type of bold stand, and you want people to talk about the issues, you have to lay out the issues clearly.”
Rather than answer a question that has already been answered repeatedly, Kaepernick simply ignored Whitlock and turned to answer a different question about what plans he has to take his protest beyond not standing for the national anthem.
Kaepernick said that he intends to get out and visit communities affected by police brutality and communities struggling economically. He also announced that he will donate $1 million of his salary to groups that will help these communities, such as those fighting against police brutality.
Here’s the video via Twitter. Kaepernick’s snub of Whitlock is at the 2:25 mark.
— Will Reeve Jr (@WillReeveJr) September 2, 2016
And with that donation, Kaepernick will do something that conservatives rarely do. Putting his money where his mouth is.
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