Obama defends Colin Kaepernick

Obama: Colin Kaepernick ‘exercising constitutional right’ – as posted on CNN on Sept. 5, 2016

After a huge debate broke out in the media about San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick not standing for the pledge of allegiance at a football game, President Barack Obama came to his defense on Monday during a news conference at the G20 summit in China. Obama said that it is Kaepernick’s constitutional right to protest and speak his mind. The article also states that this was not the first time that Kaepernick did not stand for an American salute. By not standing up he is acknowledging police violence against African Americans in the U.S. – it’s called civil disobedience!

This article is important because Obama is stressing that by not standing for the pledge of allegiance, Kaepernick is using his constitutional freedom. I think this is especially important for millennials to read because Obama was highlighting that this is one of the many ways that young people can be engaged in the democratic process. Kaepernick’s actions sparked a worldwide political argument and it also started some conversations about issues in the U.S.

There are many spelling and grammatical errors in this story as if the reporter was writing too fast. It takes away from the story.



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