Standing for respect



Backup quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick and teammate safety Eric Reid are kneeling during the national anthem on Mon., Sep. 12. This is Kaepernick’s third game of not standing during the anthem, the previous two being during the preseason. His actions has spread throughout the week, while other teams are standing united.

It is the fifteenth anniversary of the worst and bloodiest day in recent American history. A day where everyone unites in red, white and blue to celebrate their patriotism to be from this great nation.

9/11 also happened to be the first Sunday of the National Football League (NFL). It has happened before, and the NFL conducted themselves well with flyovers, flags that stretched fields, and NYPD and FDNY hats and other gear being worn by players and coaches.

This time was different. The national anthem, a song of pride, was one of the most suspenseful times of NFL Sunday. I looked to see what disrespectful player would not stand for the anthem.

I am all for protesting and taking action for the rights and opportunities for minorities since I am one; however, can this not wait one more week as we mourn 2,996 lives lost from the terror attacks?

In one week, even one day since quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the man who started it all, played on Monday night, not much will change regarding this very complex issue.

For one day, called Patriot Day, where we should have all united to show that our country is above violence and senseless terrorism.

Our country is nowhere near a perfect union; there are always opportunities to improve our country and any country, but when tragedy strikes, all issues are put aside.

Kaepernick should have informed his followers that on this infamous day in history, kneeling should have only been for praying for the thousands of lives lost, not for an American issue that can wait just 24 hours.