Nacogdoches veterans respond to Kaepernick’s silent protest

Nacogdoches veterans respond to Kaepernick’s silent protest
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Many East Texas veterans said they are at a crossroads when it comes to their opinions on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest.

It's the silent protest that's speaking volumes around the world.

 Kaepernick refusal to stand for the national anthem. The NFL star said he's making a statement about race relations in the United States.

"We have cops that are murdering people, cops in the SFPD that are blatantly racist," Kaepernick said.

Many East Texas veterans are throwing a flag for his "un-sportsmanlike" behavior.

"It's disrespect for the flag itself, its disrespect for our country, and it's disrespectful to our veterans who fought, died, and were injured," said Rodney Roy.

Some veterans said they're not completely against the protest because they fought for people to be able to stand for what they believe in.

"It's his privilege," said Vietnam Veteran, Robert Conklin. "It's what I fought for; it's what all veterans fight for. To have that freedom to do what you want. If he thinks that he's making a statement then that's OK. It's OK with me because we fought for his freedom."

Not only are NFL players supporting this movement but other professional athletes like U.S. soccer star, Megan Rapinoe took a knee before a game.

With more athletes joining in, some veterans believe that this protest is turning into a movement.

"Now, I think it's going a little too far," Conklin said. "There are different ways to do things."

"He's entitled to his right," Roy said. "That is his right given to him by our veterans, and the Constitution. However, there's got to be a better way to do it then disrespecting the country as a whole."

Kaepernick said he will continue protesting until real change comes.

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