Why Did Megan Rapinoe Kneel During The National Anthem?

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Soccer star, Megan Rapinoe knelt during the National Anthem before a match between her team, Seattle Reign, the Chicago Red Stars in Chicago. She did a ‘Kapernick’ on Sunday by dropping to one knee as the Star Spangled Banner played, as she explained:

“It was very intentional. It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.”

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31-year-old Rapinoe continued:

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

Sports reporter, Julie Foudy, also took to twitter to reveal:

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