Colin Kaepernick said on Sunday that he would continue to not stand during the national anthem, as he says he is “not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
The 49ers quarterback continued to his protest against racial injustice at Thursday night’s preseason game in San Diego, where the Chargers hosted their annual Salute to the Military. He took a knee during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” along with his teammate Eric Reid.
Former Green Beret and NFL longsnapper, Nate Boyer, stood next to Kaepernick during the national anthem. The star QB had invited Boyer to come down and meet with him for a conversation about why he’s taking a stand.
Kaepernick later announced that he will be donating the first million of his salary for this season to different charitable organizations to help promote awareness, and aid underserved of communities.
“Once again, I’m not anti-American,” he explained. “I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”