U.S. Women’s soccer star Megan Rapinoe joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest on Sunday night, kneeling in solidarity during the national anthem and saying being a “homosexual american,” helped her empathize with the struggle for minority rights.
Rapinoe to me on taking a knee for anthem: I’m disgusted w way Colin has been treated & the fans & hatred he has received in all of this.
— Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy) September 5, 2016
“Being a gay American, I know what this means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your freedoms,” Rapinoe told American Football Now. “It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this.”
Rapinoe: It is overtly racist. Stay in ur place black man. Just didn’t feel right to me. And quite honestly being gay, I have stood with…
“I’m disgusted with manner he has been handled and the fans and hatred he has received in all this,” Rapione wrote to espnW’s Julie Foudy, who posted the comments in a chain of tweets. “It is overtly racist. ‘Stay in your area black man.’ Just did not feel right to me. Need a more substantive dialogue around race relations, & the way people of color treated.”
“We aren’t saying we are not one the largest nations in world,” she added. “Just have to accept that not perfect, things are busted. And quite frankly being gay, I have stood with my hand over my heart during the national anthem and felt like I haven’t had my freedoms shielded, so I can absolutely sympathize with that feeling.”
Rapinoe said she would continue her protest at games going. Her next game will be this Wednesday in Maryland against the Washington Spirit, based on the team’s on-line program.
It’s the least I can do. Keep the dialogue going. https://t.co/qwfHcqgV6J
— Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 5, 2016