Up until recently, Colin Kaepernick’s parents have been silent over their son’s protest, saying he has taken on an “immense load,” by standing up for what he believes in and they are “very proud” of him.
Rick and Teresa Kaepernick wrote a statement on ESPN’s culture site: “Colin is carrying a heavy load and following a difficult path that he truly believes in. He is putting his entire future and possibly his life on the line for those beliefs. As his parents, it pains us to read articles and tweets saying that his family does not support him; this could not be further from the truth. We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others.”
In September, USA Today wrote an article that questioned the Kaepernick’s support for their adopted son and pointed out that they had an American flag outside their home. When they were asked about the situation, they said “It’s not in our best interest or Colin’s best interest” to comment.
It seems that they’ve had a change of heart and wrote: “Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country. He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe. The recent remarks (attacks) by Admiral Harris supported by the Pentagon are over the top, and we feel the desire to make a public statement in support of our son.”
The Statement concluded: “When Colin first ‘took a knee’, his family was as surprised as anyone. We did not understand why he was doing this and were overwhelmed with the public reaction and hate. Colin not only received terrible racist tweets, but also received letters directly to our home similar to that recently received by [Denver Broncos linebacker] Brandon Marshall. We were truly shocked at the amount of racist hatred out there! Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is.”