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Thousands Sign Petition Supporting SF 49er Colin Kaepernick's Brave Stance on Racial Justice

As criticism mounts, so do defenders.

Photo Credit: http://www.49ers.com

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not stand up for a playing of the national anthem in a preseason game last weekend, sparking a storm of protest.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," he explained.

The nonprofit RootsAction.org has launched a petition drive to stand with Kaepernick.

In its first hours, more than 10,000 people signed the petition and added an array of intruguing comments.

"Hang in there and stay strong Colin. Your team should support you," said Michael Rodenburger of San Jose, Calif.

"The right to protest is a basic American right. You may not agree with what he did, but he has the right to do it," said Barbara Von Benken of Broadview Heights, Ohio.

"Muhammad Ali would be proud of you!" said Tom and Helen Sager of Rolla, Missouri.

"Perhaps when 'liberty and justice for all' is a reality, it will be easier to stand for the pledge," said Janet Kothrade of Snowflake, Arizona.

"Your right to express your ideas is the founding notion of the United States. I support you entirely. Stay strong and think clearly," said Catherine Twohill of Yonkers, New York.

"I find it appalling that your fellow citizens wish to deny you your constitutional right to protest," said Jodi Wibbels of Englewood, Colorado.

"I'm not a football fan, but I'm white and support your decision 100%," said Dan O'Connor of Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Add your name and comment to the petition.

Steven Rosenfeld covers national political issues for AlterNet, including America's democracy and voting rights. He is the author of several books on elections and the co-author of Who Controls Our Schools: How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and the Charter School Industry (AlterNet eBook, 2016).

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