Obama discusses Kaepernick’s anthem protest

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President Barack Obama said at a CNN presidential town hall Wednesday that he respected Colin Kaepernick's decision not to stand during the national anthem.

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  1. Blaq By Design

    I’ve been seeing everyone make this about veterans. I’m a Navy veteran and I don’t take any offense to what Kaepernick is doing. No one is listening. They’re only hearing what they want to hear. HE’S PROTESTING THE UNFAIR TREATMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE BY POLICE!!! It’s really that simple. If you’re saying that he’s wrong for doing so, that means that you agree with the UNFAIR TREATMENT of black people.

    • drServitis

      IN 2017 42% OF ALL POLICE WHO WERE MURDERED ON THE JOB WERE KILLED BY BLACK MALES, THOUGH BLACK PEOPLE MAKE UP ONLY 12% OF THE POPULATION True fact. Look it up. Where does the problem really lie?

    • kevin52173

      +Lee Bates McDougal yo i am asian and even i know that blacks are receiving injustice. Kaepernick just want to spread awareness of the issue of police brutality against black ppl. And you say blacks are still at the bottom, that is just plain racist.

    • 10 subs with no videos

      *salutes*

    • Skin Hound

      Oh that’s easy to explain to you. See the guys this dark skinned white guy was protesting for? They were criminals bud. Sorry I ruined the fantasy for ya buds

    • D'Andre Anthony

      As Kaepernick’s point about police brutality is valid, I do believe Kap was really sitting for money.

      He was benched in 2015 because of a season ending injury. He thought he would get his approx. $61million guarentee to later found out he can only get the guarentee unless he had a career ending injury, not a season ending injury.

      He restructured his contract to leave the team, for an opportunity to be pickup by other teams.

      No one picked him up. Therefore, keeping him at 49ers.

      Summer 2016, he’s sitting during a Preseason game..a game that’s not taken as serious as the regular season games.

      I believe he was pouting because Blaine outperformed Kap during his injury recovery, resulting in Kap not starting the 2016 season.

      Also, I believe he didn’t think sitting would get as much attention as it did.

      Since the attention, police brutality was his reason and it worked.

      Ex NFL player and military veterans Nate Boyer suggested Kap kneel, and Kap’s been kneeling every since.

      Kap ended up playing 12 games in 2016, after his proclaimed protest.

      Then, quit…I mean opted out of his 49ers contract in 2017 to be a certified free agent.

      But people keep saying that Kao sacrificed his career when career was on halt before his protest.

      Ray Lewis was vouching for Kap to play for the Ravens, when Kap’s girlfriend tweeted a racist Django unchained picture of Ray Lewis and Steve Bisciotti.

      It was perceived that Kap enticed or encouraged his then and now girlfriend to post the racist meme on Twitter.

      Lastly, it was allegedly reported that Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem if he was picked up by another team.

  2. Shaun Gardner

    This man is exactly what’s needed today… He thinks before he speaks….

    • Mikhel Brown

      +17sunnyhour Russian Troll…

    • We definitely need him to run us 14 more trillion dollars in debt we also need him to help the economy decline we also need him to pay Iran billions of dollars and don’t forget we need him to let everyone on this planet in the USA without doing any background checks and all this racist stuff came up while he was in , very little racist stuff even exciet, most is made up. Oh and why did he get Nobel Peace Prize… Please tell me why .. and Trump should get it for getting N. Korea to stop nuclear test.

    • David Smith

      The knee thing is to stir up more division in this country and Nike is the payoff.

    • drServitis

      OBAMA DIVIDED AMERICA.
      ALL BLACK PEOPLE VOTED FOR HIM ONLY BECAUSE HE IS BLACK.
      THAT IS PURE HARD CORE RACISM.

  3. durich1000

    What a difference between this president dealing with this issue and Trump dealing with it calling players son of…… etc etc

    • Chris Sistrunk

      +Anthony E. Idealistic Woodworks respect our fallen heroes. But u sayin to hell with little black teens being strangled and shot to death by our american men in uniform. Guess what. U are ab to answer real quick to the most high power. Unless u ask for forgiveness. Bc u have more hate than u have American blood running through your veins right now

    • Chris Sistrunk

      +bademoxy i am of a quadralateral GENERATION US MILITARY DECENDANT . STOP YAPPIN

    • Anthony E. Idealistic Woodworks

      +Chris Sistrunk No, I actually have facts and no one said to hell with teens especially Black teens. That narrative you conjured in your own head and you may want to get it out of there considering I have several friends who agree with me both Black and White. Not to mention you run to a post from a year ago to reply too? Wow talk about digging, try getting a different hobby.

    • Chris Sistrunk

      You are sad.

  4. Mizshell Mxioi

    how I miss hearing the U.S. President speak carefully with tact & diplomacy

    • Just looke at the president Trump so what do u expect society man

    • douglas bagshaw

      Mgal Obama added more debt then any other president combined and every time he open his mouth he lied Obama was a total fraud fake and failure

    • douglas bagshaw

      Mgal Trump is coming through with all his promises to his voters alone with the lowest unemployment rate since 1969 more Hispanics Americans and black Americans citizens are working under trump policies and his supporters are happy

    • douglas bagshaw

      Mgal Barak Hussein Obama divide America for 8 years he was the problem he tried to destroy America now trump is rebuilding America

    • drServitis

      IN 2017 25% OF ALL POLICE WHO WERE MURDERED ON THE JOB WERE KILLED BY BLACK MALES, THOUGH BLACK MALES MAKE UP ONLY 6% OF THE POPULATION. Police officers are 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a Black person than a police officer killing an unarmed Black person. True facts. Look them up. 37% of our prison population are also black males. Where does the problem really lie?

  5. HoustonProductions1

    If miss this voice of reason.

    • +Noah Wilkes no, he just made the press more often. a good government official does his job behind the scenes without raising a media racket every damn day, while the rest of the citizens get on with their daily lives. thats why they are called ‘elected representatives’. if we have to hear about what our representatives are doing all the time, something isn’t right. you have a very warped veiw of political processes.

    • The West is the Best

      HoustonProductions1 XD that man is puppet of big banks and the uber rich XD

    • drServitis

      IN 2017 25% OF ALL POLICE WHO WERE MURDERED ON THE JOB WERE KILLED BY BLACK MALES, THOUGH BLACK MALES MAKE UP ONLY 6% OF THE POPULATION. Police officers are 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a Black person than a police officer killing an unarmed Black person. True facts. Look them up. 37% of our prison population are also black males. Where does the problem really lie?

  6. MIC INSTRUMENTALZ

    I remember in 1st grade, my teacher made me stay in for recess, for two weeks, because I didn’t know the pledge of allegiance. Smh

    • P’d off Veteran have you ever heard of the 1st amendment?

    • Michael Gilmore

      That Was F’ing Wrong …..You Shouldn’t Have to Know It …Perhaps Only if Your Parents Say So

    • Michael Gilmore

      The Anti Communist ( Think Like Communist ) As if Ya Gotta Know the Dumb Song or Else !!!!

  7. senorashish

    Such an elegant man. Seems light years away from what we have now.

    • Sho Shayda

      @senorashish: you are correct 👍 Mr. Trump is WAY better than Barry.

    • David Lindsay

      Have Mr Elegant host your party because he can’t run a country.

    • David Lindsay I guess u can do it better

    • David Lindsay

      I am better at what I do. I’m not a public servant. I understand why people like Obama, but liking his personality is one thing. You may like him, but his presidency was a joke. I don’t have yo like Trump, I just have to like what he does.

  8. Vigilantist

    You ever realize how you get a completely different vibe when Obama is talking and when Trump is talking?

    • drServitis

      IN 2017 42% OF ALL POLICE WHO WERE MURDERED ON THE JOB WERE KILLED BY BLACK MALES, THOUGH BLACK PEOPLE MAKE UP ONLY 12% OF THE POPULATION True fact. Look it up. Where does the problem really lie?

    • Steven Miller

      Trump would have answered this horseshit im 30 seconds

    • Reality Check

      Vigilantist yeah, Obama is speaking out of both sides of his mouth.Trump called out people immediately when they were acting immaturely (like Colin)

  9. Lieutenant Prick

    I feel bad for anyone who is President. They have an impossible job. Can’t protect everyone, can’t make both sides happy at the same time.

  10. eddie berrll

    i wish obama was president again

    • Freddie Rumeto

      you gonna cry?

    • manweller1

      eddie berrll you want Obama back? 🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️

    • MR.MUZIQ

      Did you not hear what he said at 2:49? Basically respect someone who THINKS that their loved one was unfairly shot. Even though we’ve all seen the videos…. You want him to be president again????

    • Reality Check

      eddie berrll Why don’t you learn English! It should read, “I wish Obama WERE president again”.

    • eddie berrll I’m happy he ain’t he would of made the world end by now luckily we are ran by a man of god that beloved American society can be reunighted unlike brat obummer

  11. Millie Bean

    A true President

  12. He is still the president in my mind.

    • Toshal Dahat

      +13v950 the issue is with you…..you are not focusing on what the problem is and why this is happening but just insulting a whole race as if they are not even humans…i dont know what’s the word for it….yeah…yeah…oh yeah…RACIST…

    • Pete Johnson

      13v950 I disagree with you about most of what you said but I do agree that it’s pretty pathetic that black people still think they are slaves 60 years after the civil rights movement

    • Ryan Campbell

      your mind must be on meth lol cause TRUMP is the president and thank God for that switch cause obama would have destroyed our country and he almost did

    • You need to get your mind checked little man. Lol. That monkey is gone. Lol.

    • Freddie Rumeto

      you gonna cry?

  13. TheWinterShadow

    No offense to anyone but he’s sounding as if he’s talking to educated people with common sense who are smart enough to understand a complex argument. Like him or not, he’s upstanding. During his term, no major nuclear threats, no swearing on national tv in front of children, no calling people names in front of children, no disrespecting POWs’…. Obama’s flaw is this… When you try to do the right thing some people will search far and wide to find a flaw to latch on to so they can feel better for not liking you.

    • Toshal Dahat

      Thank you….thank you so much…This is the wisest think i have read so far in this comment section…

  14. PLEASANTGIFFT

    I came here to hear what a real president sounds like – something about Obama that sounds so reassuring

    • Freddie Rumeto

      a real president…who did absolutely nothing

    • RISK_Bl4ster

      Fred Romeo better than trump dissing leaders around the world
      Nothing big is better than near war

  15. Bria Khalifa

    Very impartial, very intelligent with his thought 💛

  16. Mikesse Jones

    RACISM IS SO AMERICAN…THAT WHEN YOU PROTEST RACISM…THE AVERAGE AMERICAN..THINKS YOU ARE PROTESTING AMERICA ITSELF..

    • Mikesse Jones so true that nation is built on racism

    • marco avila

      Racism is everywhere in different countries

    • hannah mitch

      bro i’m doing a debate on this topic in school and i am definitely using this quote thank u

    • drServitis

      IN 2017 25% OF ALL POLICE WHO WERE MURDERED ON THE JOB WERE KILLED BY BLACK MALES, THOUGH BLACK MALES MAKE UP ONLY 6% OF THE POPULATION. Police officers are 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a Black person than a police officer killing an unarmed Black person. True facts. Look them up. 37% of our prison population are also black males. Where does the problem really lie?

  17. Phi is a majic number

    Colin is not protesting a flag or a song. He’s protesting injustice and police brutality.

    • Henry Black

      “Police brutality.” Funny you say that, as it’s something that hardly exists in this country.

    • jeff kerr

      So leave the flag and anthem out of it .

    • marco avila

      True but he should stand up for flag many times blacks start being rude or physical to cops

    • drServitis

      IN 2017 25% OF ALL POLICE WHO WERE MURDERED ON THE JOB WERE KILLED BY BLACK MALES, THOUGH BLACK MALES MAKE UP ONLY 6% OF THE POPULATION. Police officers are 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a Black person than a police officer killing an unarmed Black person. True facts. Look them up. 37% of our prison population are also black males. Where does the problem really lie?

  18. LulzRoyce

    I almost forgot what it sounds like to have an intelligent and well spoken President.

  19. Bobby Busk

    Not a big Obama fan, but this was a fantastic take on the protests

  20. Veemon digimon

    I love how people have completely shifted the gold post on this. Once again completely shoving the black race in the dark to make it about the mostly white military industrial complex.

    Never mind the many black men targeted by the police every single day and killed!

    Instead let’s make it about the military being offended by people who kneel during the national anthem.

    Its a form of protest people !!!
    Protest is meant to call attention to itself!?!

    A protest only works if it draws attention.
    Do you think anybody gives a rats @ss if black people in black neighbourhoods march peacefully with signs in front of their local police station ??? I doubt it would even make the news.

    This is why some NFL players have chosen to kneel during the national anthem, in the hopes that it will get people talking about the issue

    • Audrey Johnson

      Veemon digimon
      They feel that they are entitled to keep the tradition going since 1619.
      Acts 7:51
      Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
      2 Thessalonians 2:12
      They will all be guilty as they stand before God because they wanted to do what was wrong.

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