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Colin Kaepernick probably didn’t know that he would set a simple protest that would be valid for years to come after protesting police brutality on Black people by sitting down during the National Anthem.

Almost two years later and stars are still having to opt out of the pledge in order to demonstrate their opposition to oppression. Jesse Williams is the latest star to put his money where his seat is and sat down during the singing of the anthem at the BIG3 basketball game on August 13, in response to the violence going on Charlottesville, Virginia.

During the anthem, the Grey’s Anatomy star posted a video on social media while parked in seat, with the caption, “We’ll stand when you do,” — which many people believe is aimed at Donald Trump. You may recall that the normally outspoken head of state was pretty quiet on Saturday when the neo-nazi’s began their attacks in Virginia.

Williams isn’t the only star to follow in Kaepernick’s brave steps. NFL star Marshawn Lynch also sat out the National Anthem this weekend during a pre-season game with the Oakland Raiders.

It’s interesting how a silent protest such as sitting out gets criticized more than overt racism. Just another reason to miss Obama.


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