When Colin Kaepernick began peacefully protesting police brutality against minorities in America during the 2016 NFL season, it set off a firestorm of controversy around the country.
This photo from Sept. 1, 2016 was the first time Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem.
We're guessing the photographer had no idea what a monumental moment they were capturing when they snapped this shot.
Next to Kaepernick on one side is fellow NFL player Eric Reid, and on the other side is former NFL player and U.S. military veteran Nate Boyer.
What many people do not know is that Kaepernick had a conversation with Boyer before he kneeled, and received the former Army Green Beret member's blessing to do so.
"Once again, I'm not anti-American," Kaepernick said after the game. "I love America. I love people. That's why I'm doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from."
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