Students interviewed by Campus Reform at the University of Maryland expressed enthusiastic, albeit generic, support for San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem as a protest against racism.
Most students, however, could not even recall the lyrics to the national anthem, with only two successfully reciting the entire “Star Spangled Banner.”
Last week, San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the playing of the National Anthem before his team’s preseason game, saying “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people.”
Kaepernick was quickly trending on social media, with the majority of Americans expressing their displeasure with his actions, accusing him of protesting in a disrespectful manner.
Campus Reform went to the University of Maryland to find out what college students thought of the situation and if they viewed Kaepernick any differently than the average American.
“I think what he did was great, it’s heroic, it’s sending a message…” platitudinized one student.
“I would say it’s pretty heroic,” reiterated another. “I respect people who stand up for what they believe in…
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