Colin Kaepernick Didn’t Vote Or “Pay Attention” to the Election
While people across the nation are either angry or excited about Donald Trump's election win, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick didn't even pay attention.
After saying he wouldn't be voting, he was asked what he thought of the result of the 2016 Presidential Election on Wednesday (Nov. 9), during a conference call with media. He said he "really didn't pay too close of attention" to the election at all.
"I've been very disconnected from the systematic oppression as a whole," Kaepernick said. "So, for me, it's another face that's going to be the face of that system of oppression.
"And to me. it didn't really matter who went in there, the system still remains intact that oppresses people of color."
Kaepernick has been taking a stand against racial inequality since the start of the NFL season by kneeling for the national anthem. He stopped standing for the anthem during preseason games and has continued his protest throughout the regular season.
Trump, our new President Elect, has denounced the NFL player's choice. During an interview with KIRO radio in Seattle in August, Trump said: "I think it's personally not a good thing, I think it's a terrible thing. And, you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try, it won't happen."
For the record, Kaepernick didn't feel much better about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates," Kaepernick said. "Both are proven liars, and it almost seems like they're trying to debate who is less racist, and at this point, I was talking to one of my friends who goes, 'You have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end it's still evil.'"