If you’re an American and you’ve heard about Colin Kaepernick’s protest, you likely have one of three opinions on the matter: You strongly support him, you’re strongly against him or you just don’t care and wish this story would be over.
And because it’s America and we have freedom of speech, you’re allowed to have any of those opinions, just like Kaepernick can have and express his.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has taken a lot of heat in the past week after people noticed him sitting during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a previous preseason game. His comments explaining his position have been a topic of conversation, too.
Thursday night, he continued his protest by kneeling during the national anthem, this time during a road game in San Diego on a night where the Chargers were honoring military personnel — a mere coincidence, and something the team does every preseason.
People took to Twitter and reacted, of course. We wanted to know what those people were saying, so we did a Twitter search for “Colin Kaepernick” and scrolled through the first few hundred we saw. The reaction seemed to be very supportive of Kaepernick, as you’ll see below.
We kept searching in hopes of finding reactions on the other side of the fence to paint a fair picture. Unfortunately, many of those tweets denouncing Kaepernick’s decision included profane language and/or racist and derogatory comments toward Kaepernick, so we couldn’t include them in this list. But they were there, and so we did our best to find a few non-derogatory tweets to include and represent those people.
Here’s a snippet of what people were thinking Thursday night.
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