Veterans take to Twitter to share their support of Colin Kaepernick's right to protest: “I serve to protect your freedoms, not a song”

#VeteransForKaepernick goes viral as soldiers defend the 49er quarterback's right to sit during the national anthem

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published August 31, 2016 3:14PM (EDT)

"Protesting is about forcing a conversation in public,” Deray McKesson, perhaps the most prominent face of the Black Lives Matter movement, told Stephen Colbert earlier this year.

After days of outrage nationwide directed towards 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his silent of protest of police brutality during the national anthem, the other side of the conversation is finally beginning to emerge.

On Tuesday evening, The #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag began trending on social media, illustrating support for the African-American athlete from a community many contended he irrefutable offended by failing to stand in honor of the U.S. flag. The topic was still trending on Wednesday morning.

To be sure, some critics of Kaepernick's protest took to the #VeteransForKaepernick hashtag to dismiss his support from black veterans:

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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