In September 2016, San Fransico 49'ers' Quarter Back, Colin Kaepernick, caught the media's attention after he was seen kneeling during the National Anthem. Kaepernick, who has now quit the NFL in favor of his political stance, refused to stand during the anthem because of his views on the country’s treatment of racial minorities.
Though many ostracized the sportsman for "disrespecting" the country, many have shown their support for him and his cause, including a number of high-profile celebrities.
And the latest celebrity to voice her alliance with the NFL star is music legend, Rihanna. This year, she publicly turned down the Super Bowl half-time show and has now revealed that she did it all in support of Kaepernick and his stance on the treatment of black people in the U.S.
Keep scrolling to read the full story, and to hear Rihanna's powerful words about the state of our country...
A little bit about Colin Kaepernick...
via: Getty ImagesKaepernick, born in Milwaukee in 1987, is a former quarterback-turned-activist who is known for his political activism regarding systematic racism against African-Americans.
Kneeling for what he believes in...
via: CNNIn 2016, during the 49ers third preseason game, Kaepernick began kneeling during the US national anthem prior to games, rather than standing as is customary.
He knelt during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the US.an interview in 2016, Kaepernick said: "To me, this is something that has to change, and when there's significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it's supposed to represent and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand."
His kneeling was a sign of respect.
Kaepernick's actions inspired others...
The NFL's response wasn't positive...Initially, the NFL released a statement claiming that players were only encouraged, and not required, to stand during the national anthem. But, in 2017, Kaepernick became a free agent. No team would offer him a contract, and, in October of that year, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him signed.
Yet players still continued to kneel.
This announcement caused even more outrage...
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell https://t.co/1Vn7orTo1R— NFL (@NFL)1527092658.0
Kaepernick was used as the face for Nike's "Just Do It" campaign...For the thirtieth anniversary of Nike's "Just Do It" campaign in September 2018, Colin Kaepernick was used as the frontman of the global phenomenon, along with the headline: "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything."
Kaepernick is now endorsed by Nike.
And he has had had a flurry of support from thousands of people all over the world.
via: GettyAfter Donald Trump said that athletes who kneeled during the national anthem were disrespecting the U.S. and its patriotic symbols, the hashtags #TakeAKnee and #TaketheKnee began trending.
And a number of celebrities have voiced their support.
I wrote about why the NFL players' protests are patriotic. https://t.co/hYEWhfJUvU— John Legend (@John Legend)1506277280.0
Stevie Wonder was another iconic figure to show his alliance with Kaepernick.The music legend performed at the Global Citizens Festival in New York in September 2017. And he had the following to say in support of Kaepernick and the other NFL players...
Even the whole cast of Star Trek: Discovery rallied together to show their support.
And the latest celebrity to express her support...
via: GettyIs none other than the pop legend, Rihanna.
Rihanna has famously turned down the Super Bowl performance...
via: GettyThe Super Bowl half-time show is one of the biggest entertainment events in the world, and each year features iconic musicians.
RiRi was asked to perform at the huge event...
via: GettyBut she turned down the invite, saying that she "couldn't dare do that" to Colin Kaepernick.
She believes that the NFL player was being blackballed.
Rihanna has been vocal about her disapproval of the organization.
via: Getty"There are things within that organization that I do not agree with at all," the singer explained, "...and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way."