VeteransForKaepernick Silences Critics Who Claim Kaepernicks Protest is Disrespects

Veterans express their support for 49ers player Colin Kaepernick with #VeteransForKaepernick (Twitter)After Colin Kaepernick announced he won’t rise for the national anthem during the upcoming football season, many bashed him. The criticism of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback stems from his supposed lack of patriotism. But one group is standing in solidarity.The hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick emerged on Twitter Aug. 30, and many soldiers voiced their experience as Black men and women in the military and at home.Blorenzo pointed out his grandfather served in Vietnam twice but was unable to rent a home in America because of his race.#VeteransForKaepernick Although my grandfather served two tours in Vietnam, he couldn’t even rent a home near his base b/c he was black.— Blorenzo (@blorenzo) August 30, 2016User blasianbri’s grandfather had a similar experience while attempting to book a hotel room in his uniform.My grandfather, a black man, was denied a hotel room WHILE IN HIS SERVICE DRESS. #VeteransForKaepernick— blasianbri (@blasianbri_) August 30, 2016And Ms. Bordeaux’s veteran fiancé continues to get placed in handcuffs during traffic stops.My fiance served not 1 BUT 2 tours in Iraq and STILL gets pulled out of his car, handcuffed and sat on the curb by #VeteransforKaepernick— Ms.Bordeaux (@InezBordeaux) August 30, [email protected]_Montana called out others who try to explain military members’ feelings without being a part of it.People who haven’t served trying to tell us how we feel ? #VeteransForKaepernick— LeBron Flocka James (@Troncat_Montana) August 31, 2016Nicole shared that her quarter-century-long military service was to protect the First Amendment rights of all [email protected] I served 25yrs in the AF to protect everyone’s 1st Amend rights. I support you #VeteransForKaepernick— Nicole (@dcmbrdiva) August 31, [email protected] shared his reason for serving: Kaepernick’s right to protest and not police brutality.I serve for his right to protest.. I don’t serve for Police Brutality.. #VeteransForKaepernick— Airbnb Papi (@JoeOnDemand) August 31, 2016Phillip Richardson held freedom in a higher regard than America’s anthem.I’m riding with 7…I fought for freedom not a song #VeteransForKaepernick— Phillip Richardson (@prich8604) August 31, 2016And @LiberationBrown did not separate her Blackness from her status as a soldier.Because I’m a black woman in and out of uniform #VeteransForKaepernick— Liberation Brown (@LiberationBrown) August 31, 2016Other Twitter users largely supported the hashtag.Benjamin Dixon tweeted naysayers’ realization about #VeteransForKaepernick.When they realize they cant say anything about #VeteransForKaepernick w/o “disrespecting” the flag or the country— Benjamin Dixon (@TheBpDShow) August 31, 2016And Awesomely Luvvie shared a sappy reaction to the veterans’ support.This #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag got me like— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) August 31, 2016But some reactions were less than favorable.Heinrich accused supporters of being new military members who “don’t understand why what Colin did is bad.”#VeteransForKaepernick is everything I expected: a bunch of kids with a day in the military that don’t understand why what Colin did is bad.— Heinrich (@BEASTMASTERTOAD) August 31, 2016And Jarami Feith deemed it “stupid” and compared it to the #POWsForTrump hashtag.#VeteransForKaepernick is a lot like #POWsForTrumpReally, really stupid.— Jarami Feith (@JarBomb) August 31, 2016Some accused Kaepernick of being anti-military for his stance. However, he made it clear he has “great respect” for the individuals who served. The athlete also shared he has family and friends who fought for the nation.He took issue with the way police treat veterans on American soil.“I’ve seen circumstances where men and women that have been in the military have come back and been treated unjustly by the country they have fought for,” he told press Aug. 28. “And have been murdered by the country they fought for, on our land. That’s not right.”