Megan Rapinoe just let the world know she stands with Colin Kaepernick by taking a knee.
She did so during the national anthem before her team, Seattle Reign, played the Chicago Red Stars in an NWSL game.
After the match, the World Cup champion told John D. Halloran of American Soccer Now that she decided to do this as a nod to Kaepernik.
Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem tonight in Chicago. Says it was intentional, “a nod to Kaepernick.”
John D. Halloran (@JohnDHalloran) September 5, 2016
NWSL (@gbpackfan32) September 5, 2016
Offering some powerful and insightful reflections on the state of the US, Rapinoe said,
It was very intentional. It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that hes standing for right now.
I think its 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 isnt.
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.
Its important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this.
We dont need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something thats really powerful.
Shaun King, Senior Justice Writerfor New York Daily News, thanked Rapinoe for her actions on Twitter.
Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 5, 2016
Sheresponded, Its the least I can do
It’s the least I can do. Keep the conversation going. https://t.co/qwfHcqgV6J
Megan Rapinoe (@mPinoe) September 5, 2016
Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, recently generated controversy after he refused to stand for the national anthem.
He was motivated to do so out of a desire to bring attention to police brutality and the systemic oppression minoritiesface in the US.
As Kaepernick explained,
I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color.To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.
There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.
A number of people, including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, criticized Kaepernicks actions, painting them as unpatriotic and an insult to veterans.
And its pretty clear Megan Rapinoe is on Kaepernicks side, too.
Will Rapinoe receive as much negative backlash as Kaepernik has? Only time will tell.