Wochit News - Kaepernick's Skin Tone Brought Into National Anthem Debate - Ever since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick starting refusing to stand for the national anthem before games, his skin color has been often called into the question. While many have seen the QB's protest as disrespectful, others have have supported him, but have questioned wither or not he is qualified to be a part of a protest against the treatment of black people in the United States.