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: