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Old 07-15-2019, 10:38 PM
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My take on it is that Kaepernick was legit and was taking a knee as a way to protest police brutality. It became something else because his critics continued to escalate the situation, and the NFL colluded to ruin his career over it. Worse, when other black players took a knee with him, they were scorned as well. Protesting police brutality became ultimately a protest against America, and right wing white America interpreted his message in different ways. So yes, his protests became a lot more than just protests against police brutality, but that's because different groups of triggered white conservatives kept trying to punish him for different perceived slights.