Colin Kaepernick camp applauds Gwen Berry's 'bravery' in national anthem demonstrationJune 30, 2021
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Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp rehashed Olympian Gwen Berry’s demonstration during the national anthem during U.S. track and field trials and applauded the hammer thrower.
The camp put out a series of tweets about Berry’s decision to turn her back while “The Star-Spangled Banner” played.
“We applaud Ms. Berry on her bravery to stand up against systemic racism,” tweeted the camp, which was founded by the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback.
FILE – In this Sunday, May 21, 2017, file photo, Gwen Berry, of the United States, competes in the women’s hammer throw at the Golden Grand Prix track and field event in Kawasaki, Japan. Gestures made at the Pan-Am Games in 2019 by Berry and fencer Race Imboden rekindled a contentious debate about the IOC’s Rule 50. In a major shift in policy, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee has since committed to not sanction athletes who use their platform for social demonstrations. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
“They said they were going to play it before we walked out, then they played it when we were out there … But I don’t really want to talk about the anthem because that’s not important,” she said. “The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has.”
“My purpose and my mission is bigger than sports,” she continued. “I’m here to represent those … who died due to systemic racism. That’s the important part. That’s why I’m going. That’s why I’m here today.”
A USA Track and Field spokesperson disputed Berry’s claim that it was a set-up.
Berry told the Black News Channel on Tuesday she never said “I hated the country.”
“All I said was I respect my people enough to not stand for or acknowledge something that disrespects them. I love my people. Point blank, period,” she added.
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