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Out on his own – San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick Photo credit tom (Flickr)

In the summer of 2016, ahead of a pre-season NFL game, San Francisco 49r’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to sit down during the playing of the U.S. national anthem.

Kaepernick took his stance in protest at a range of issues in American society including social injustice, police brutality and racial inequality.

The reaction of the American public and media, although mixed, was initially filled with a lot of anger, with a number of 49r’s fans burning the team’s jerseys containing Kaepernick’s name or image.

Americans have always had a strange obsession with their anthem and their military, and the point of Kaepernick’s protest was largely missed initially with people simply labelling his actions as disrespectful and unpatriotic.

The following¬†documentary looks at how Kaepernick’s protest, despite initial unreasonable backlash, slowly gathered momentum and support: