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The Margin: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick takes a stand, but at what cost?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick found himself in the middle of a heated national debate this weekend after refusing to stand for the national anthem during an exhibition game Friday.

Kaepernick explained his refusal to stand during the “Star Spangled Banner” as a political statement: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he told NFL Media on Friday. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

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