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How #TakeTheKnee Turned an Athletes’ Movement into a National Debate

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Colin Kaepernick (sometimes called Kap as a nickname), is currently a free agent in the NFL and not signed to a team, but he played for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 through 2016. Starting during the preseason last year, Kaepernick began sitting down when the national anthem played before games. Eventually, the sitting turned into kneeling. Since then, many other pro athletes have followed suit. Following recent remarks by President Trump, which criticized this act of protest, #TakeTheKnee has become a global movement — and controversy. Here’s the whole story. (Photo by Harry How/Getty)
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