There’s more than football happening at tonight’s NFL pre-season game in San Diego.
It will be the first time 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernik will play since refusing to stand for the national anthem.
Kaepernik said he’s taking this action to protest racism in a country he said oppresses black people and people of color.
This protest is the newest chapter in the long-evolving history of our country’s national anthem. And it’s bringing fourth fresh criticism that the national anthem is, itself, racist.
University of Michigan music history professor Mark Clague disagrees, though he’s grateful to critics like Kaepernik for calling attention to the issue.