My usual ritual before going to sleep is to read a little, usually on my phone. I have been hesitant to read what has been on social media over the last few days, because the last thing I need at night is to get worked up, angered, and be up for another hour. I was just about to turn in for the night when I saw that the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick was trending. I decided to take a look. I was so completely moved, I pulled the laptop out to write this article.
One of the biggest unknowns when San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick chose to sit during the National Anthem was how the military would interpret it. There have been plenty of negative reactions from the military, and Colin Kaepernick addressed that in his comments on Sunday. Once he explained his intentions, it became clear that this wasn’t anti-military at all. It’s even more important considering that the team will travel to San Diego for their final preseason game, a city that is predominantly populated by military personnel and their families.
I don’t know exactly how it started, but one Facebook post went viral shortly before this began trending:
Here is a sampling of some of the Twitter posts. There are additional examples on Facebook, as well as Twitter. There were so many, I couldn’t post them all. Go search Twitter to start your day, you won’t regret it.
Don't use my service--or that of any veteran--to justify the silencing of black Americans. Not on my watch. #VeteransForKaepernick— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) August 31, 2016