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Today on News One Now, Host and Managing Editor Roland S. Martin spoke with humanitarian and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte in an exclusive interview about his thoughts on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to not stand for the National Anthem to display his personal disdain for America which does not value it’s veterans as well as black lives.

Belafonte said that as an American civil rights activist who also had a strong and influential platform to voice his opinions about America’s treatment of African-Americans, he is very proud of Kaepernick protest.

“To mute the slave has always been to the best interest of the slave owner,” said Belafonte. ”I think that when a Black voice is raised in protest to oppression, those who are comfortable with our oppression are the first to criticize us for daring to speak out against it. I think that it’s a noble thing that he [Kaepernick} has done. I think that speaking out and making people aware of the fact that you are paying homage to an anthem that also has a constituency that by the millions suffer – it’s a righteous thing to do. The fact that these people are having these ’how dare you speak out against lynching out of all of the things’ that racism stands for, or the conclusion to racist acts a permit, I think is a statement about America.”

Martin also spoke with ESPN’s High Questionable co-host Bomani Jones about his colleague, Bleacher Report Mike Freeman’s article about NFL executive’s negative comments about Kaepernick’s protest.

“This is not an attempt or a request from the majority or the establishment to cosign what he’s saying,” said Jones. “He needs to fully understand that if he is out here alone on this one, he is out here alone and this is the fight he is willing to take up. Carmelo [Anthony] and those guys it was very clear in the way they parsed their words and the way they said things. They wanted to say something, but nobody was going to lose a dime in the process of saying it. Kaepernick seems willing to lose it all…”


  1. I totally support Colin Kaepernick’s courageous statement against Amerikkka’s “sacred cow.” More Black athletes should unify publicly on this issue.

  2. Bravo! Thank you Bro Harry! Bro kaepernick! I have 4 folded flags two in my home proud of my family’s service. My own dad was one of the liberators of Buchenvald his segregated unit saved about 4,000 survivors! But who cares right blk soldiers didn’t matter! All 5 of us kids suffered what our father went through and we had no idea until we found out his back story! We have a right to feel however whatever!

  3. Colin Kaepernick should be considered a hero for Black America. He has decided, against tremendous pressure from both inside and out, to defy one of America’s long-standing traditions all because his conscience told him to. By taking the stance of not standing during the national anthem to protest systemic Police brutality against Black Americans Colin Kaepernick is risking losing his career in the NFL along with millions of dollars in potential earnings. 320ro.com

  4. Thank you Brother Colin for your service to our struggle. Shame on those who fail to recognize that my life matters and any protest that gets life saving results without shedding blood should be supported.

  5. Colin has issued a wakeup call for America to treat all people with respect and justice, and has done so in the most respectful way. He is a true patriot.

  6. Yes. Ksrpernick stood up for what
    you believe in. Some will not stand with you when. fo whst he did, but that ok. Many I believe wanted to, butdid not have the courage.

  7. Thank you for the example that you have shown. We Black people definitely need to follow your lead, though in all honesty, few of us have the courage & commitment to risk their livelihood. I must applaud you. It is long overdue that we collectively take a stand on socially conscious issues.

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