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21 October 2015: United States of America midfielder Megan Rapinoe (15) as Brazil takes on the USA in Women's World Cup Victory Tour soccer at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA. (Photo by Joshua Weisberg/Icon Sportswire)
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U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe chooses to kneel for national anthem

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United States soccer star and fan favorite, Megan Rapinoe, elected to join in on what has picked up a tremendous amount of stream as of late.

On Sunday, prior to the Seattle Reign’s matchup against the Chicago Red Stars, Rapinoe chose to kneel during the playing of the national anthem. In doing so, she joined San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the trend during a recent NFL preseason game.

“It was very intentional,” Rapinoe said, via American Soccer Now. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

Kaepernick’s initial refusal to stand for the national anthem – as he has now chosen not to stand on two separate occasions – was to “protest racial injustice and minority oppression,” as stated by the Associated Press.

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe chooses to kneel for national anthem

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