Wochit News - Colin Kaepernick Protests Systemic Racism By Refusing To Stand For National Anthem - Quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick will no longer stand for the national anthem before games in protest of the United States' systemic oppression African Americans and other minorities. Before Friday's exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick sat on the team's bench during the anthem. He explained to NFL Media, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.