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Chicago Kids Take a Knee to Support Kaepernick

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    Chicago Kids Take a Knee to Support Kaepernick

    Some Chicago kids say the events in Charlotteville left them feeling uncomfortable about race relations and they wanted to do something about it. Trina Orlando reports.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 25, 2017)

    Some Chicago kids say the events in Charlotteville left them feeling uncomfortable about race relations and they wanted to do something about it.

    Thursday night they gathered to stand in support of Colin Kaepernick.

    Young people with the Black Star Project gathered on the South Side to take a knee in support of Kaepernick. They also read letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

    They’re message clear—they want Kaepernick back on the field.

    "Colin Kaepernick took a knee because black kids are getting shot by the police," one letter read.

    This comes just one day after a large protest outside NFL headquarters in New York.

    The protest was staged by those who believe Kaepernick has been sidelined for taking a knee to protest police brutality.

    Prior to the backlash the quarterback took the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012, but he is now without a team for the 2017 season.

    Something his supporters say is retaliation for taking a stand.

    “The NFL may well look back and say hey we missed something at a crucial moment,” said Sports Illustrated's Tim Rohan.

    Kaepernick tweeted thanks to those who are supporting him.

    A message heard loud and clear—back in Chicago.

    "If Colin don’t play football, I will never watch football... let Colin play," one attendee said.

    Two South Loop bars are also taking a stand in support of Kaepernick. Velvet lounge and the Bureau bar posted to social media they will not be airing any NFL games.

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