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Colin Kaepernick commemorates 3 years since first kneel during national anthem

He shared an impassioned video on Twitter Wednesday.

August 15, 2019 - 1:35 pm

(KFTK) — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took to social media Wednesday, commemorating the first time he kneeled during the national anthem before a game.

Three years ago Kaepernick knelt during "The Star Spangled Banner" before a 2016 preseason game. His gesture, a form of protest still popular today, sparked controversy across the nation. Some fellow athletes joined in by kneeling or raising a fist, while others denounced the player for expressing his opinion. 

“Today marks the three year anniversary of the first time I protested systemic oppression. I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people!” he tweeted.

The video depicts graphic footage from shootings involving police that have been exacerbated by national media. Kaepernick is heard saying: “How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and propagates freedom and justice for all that is so unjust to many of the people living in it?"

Clips of a 2016 interview with Kaepernick cut in and out with the football player saying he took a knee to give a platform to those who don't have one.

Viewer discretion is advised. Some footage may be considered graphic to some viewers.

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