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The California NAACP referred to as for the dissolution of the United States nationwide anthem Tuesday along with pledging help for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
California NAACP President Alice Huffman mentioned, “This music is flawed; it should not have been there, we did not have it ’til 1931, so it will not kill us if it goes away,” in response to Shirin Rajaee of CBS Sacramento.
Huffman additionally mentioned of Kaepernick and his resolution to protest throughout the anthem final season: “The message acquired distorted, the actual intentions acquired neglected, it grew to become one thing that is dividing us, and I am on the lookout for one thing to deliver us again collectively.”
Huffman referred to as sure lyrics in “The Star-Spangled Banner” racist and “anti-black.” She was particularly referring to lyrics from the third verse that are not sometimes sung, together with, “no refuge may save the hireling and slave from the fear of flight or the gloom of the grave.”
Kaepernick was the primary high-profile athlete to show throughout the anthem final season, and plenty of gamers within the NFL and different leagues have adopted go well with.
The 30-year-old veteran stays unsigned, and Huffman referred to as for his free company to come back to an finish: “He nonetheless has numerous expertise, and he has the precise to play, why ought to he be persecuted over peaceable protest?”
Kaepernick has filed a grievance in opposition to NFL homeowners, alleging they’ve colluded to make sure that no group indicators him.
The 2011 second-round pick of Nevada is 28-30 in his profession as a starter throughout the common season, and he has a Super Bowl look to his credit score.
Kaepernick went simply 1-10 with the Niners final season, however he threw for two,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and 4 interceptions whereas speeding for 468 yards and two extra scores.