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2016 U.S. national anthem protests

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Colin Kaepernick Discusses National Anthem Protest

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Colin Kaepernick Takes a Knee for National Anthem

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Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest Sparks National Uproar | NBC Nightly News

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Obama discusses Kaepernick's anthem protest

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President Obama weighs in on Colin Kaepernick national anthem protest

Since August 2016, some U.S. athletes have silently protested against "systematic oppression", "equality and social injustice", "racism and injustice in our criminal system", "oppression of people of color in the United States", and to not "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color" during the playing of the U.S. national anthem. Many players since 2017 have started to protest against the policies of President Donald Trump. The demonstrations have generated mixed reactions. Some have described them as politically urgent or patriotic, while others have called the protests unpatriotic and disrespectful of the U.S. flag, the national anthem, the police, and the military.
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