While many were piling on Colin Kaepernick for his decision to sit out the national anthem and labeling it as an act of disrespect towards the military, members of one group sided with the 49ers quarterback — veterans.
On Tuesday night, the topic #VeteransForKaepernick began trending worldwide, with scores of vets voicing their support for Kaepernick and his efforts to raise awareness about social injustice and police brutality. The topic was still trending on Wednesday morning.
Several shared photos of themselves in uniform, and many referenced that while they may not agree with Kaepernick, they respect his right to speak his mind. Many of Kaepernick’s critics also latched on to the trend and mocked it by sharing photos of American troops torturing prisoners.
The trend, of course, does not provide a complete picture of how members of the military feel about Kaepernick as a whole — the number of vets and servicemen and women on social media is certainly just a fraction of the 1.3 million active duty and 21.8 million veterans.
On Sunday, Kaepernick stressed that his protest was not meant to be seen as a stance against the military.
“I have great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country,” Kaepernick told reporters. “I have family, I have friends that have gone and fought for this country. And they fight for freedom, they fight for the people, they fight for liberty and justice, for everyone.”
“That’s not happening. People are dying in vain because this country isn’t holding their end of the bargain up, as far as giving freedom and justice, liberty to everybody.”
Source: New York Daily News | BERNIE AUGUSTINE