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Santa Clara Police Union's Threat Of Boycott Proves Kaepernick's Point

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Colin Kaepernick is refusing to stand for the national anthem to protest the frequent deaths of black people like Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, and countless others, at the hands of law enforcement, and to protest the Justice system for not meaningfully punishing officers when it happens. Kaepernick is arguing that police will abuse their power against a black man, immediately reverting to force and threats to keep him down. And the Santa Clara police union is proving Kaepernick’s point by essentially saying he better shut up about that, "or else." Both the 49ers and the NFL have said that players are encouraged, but not required to stand for the national anthem, and that they respect players’ First Amendment rights.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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